Both MPs called on the government to immediately convene all partners on both sides of the border for an international summit to examine what happened, what the overall impacts may be and what can be done to mitigate any economic and environmental damage.
“This is an industry that is particularly vital to the Aboriginal communities along the Fraser River,” said Mr. Dhaliwal. “But there are also multi-million dollar commercial boats that have been docked because they have no salmon to catch. This is devastating to our local economy.”
“And, of course, the potential impact on the river’s ecosystem – on those plants and animals that rely on the sockeye migration – is huge,” added Mr. Byrne. “The government must do what it can to find out if this is just a temporary disaster, or if it’s something more permanent.”