Net gain fish policy results in losses in the field

Agassiz farmer explains problems with DFO regulations in Agassiz

Under present regulations, drainage maintenance can be classified as harmful alteration, disruption and destruction of aquatic, fish and wildlife habitat for which Fisheries can demand a net compensation gain, the gain usually in terms of loss of land use.

The land use loss occurs when DFO demands planting of shrubs or trees along the banks as a condition of allowing drainage maintenance. In the eyes of the DFO, the shrubs and trees planted along the watercourse constitutes a protected area for which they have the authority to regulate all activity adjacent to this protected area. A further loss of agricultural land use can occur if DFO insists on an application of fertilizers within 10 metres of the new protected area.

The overzealous application of the “HADD Harmful Alteration, Disruption and Destruction of Fish Habitat regulations to produce a net gain is producing net loss elsewhere, and in particular, to rural and agricultural property owners. Relentless application of the net gain policy regulations will eventually result in the elimination of agriculture from drainage area lowlands and possibly a few uplands.

Ted Westlin

 

Just Posted

LETTER: Why is Jati Sidhu ashamed of his riding?

Lytton’s Christopher di Armani shares his dismay at the potential name change of the MP’s riding

Fraser-Cascade School Board votes to invest in protecting the future of its students’ hearing

Decibel monitors to be installed in secondary schools’ machine shops as a visual guide

Kent-Harrison Foundation celebrates 25 years

The foundation started in 1994 on the promise of a two-for-one donation deal

Bucket-list flight for Chilliwack grandmother

Hampton House resident treated to a beautiful plane ride in Moments that Matter

Lagoon improvements, but no safety audit recommendations, coming to Harrison

The lagoon will see electrical upgrades, a new flag pole and fencing, but no life jackets or signs

Harrison Hot Springs students bring ‘Twelfth Night’ to life

The adaption of Shakespeare’s classic comedy include songs and phrases from Canada’s east coast

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training

Vancouver-bound transit bus involved in fatal crash near Seattle

One man was killed and a woman injured in crash with bus purchased by TransLink

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Tofino’s housing crisis causing some to seek shelter at the local hospital

Tofino’s housing crisis is pushing the town’s ‘hidden homeless’ population into the forefront.

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

2 fires in Victoria caused by cigarettes prompts warning from deputy fire chief

Two separate fires caused by cigarette butts were avoidable

Most Read