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DFO inadequately rebuilding B.C. salmon stocks: Audit

 By Kaitlyn Bailey  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Oceana Canada’s annual Fisheries Audit found that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is not doing an adequate job rebuilding Canada’s fisheries. In an announcement Nov. 22, Oceana Canada stated that for the sixth year in a row, less than a third of wild fish and invertebrate populations in Canadian waters can be considered healthy. The new Fisheries Act passed in April 2022 legally requires the DFO to rebuild Canada’s critical fish populations to support fisheries, coastal communities and the ocean. However, 37 per cent of stocks have not been assigned a health status, which means there is no legal requirement to rebuild them. Oceana Canada estimates that likely 25 per cent of the unassigned fish are critically depleted. In B.C., less than one-sixth

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