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Donation Needed for BCWF and SFI

Posted on November 20th 2012, by BC Wildlife Federation and Sportfishing Institute of BC

In October of this year, BC Wildlife Federation partnered with the Sport Fishing Institute of BC to hire a lawyer to represent recreational fishermen with Responder Status in a judicial review known as the "Malcolm Case". Malcolm's council argued that the Minister of Fisheries did not have the authority to re-allocate 3% of the domestic total allowable catch of Halibut to the recreational fishery without using a "market based mechanism" for such an alteration.In other words Malcolm and other commercial Halibut quota holders expected to be compensated by the recreational fishery for the 3% re-allocation.

It has long been the position of the BC Wildlife Federation that Halibut are a common property resource and the means in which the Canadian Public can access that resource is through the recreational fishery and that they ought not to have to buy or lease something they already own.

The Judge to date has not made his decision but the court case cost the Federation about twenty three thousand dollars. As the case came up after the 2012 budget was set the cost was not anticipated so the group is currently raising fund to cover this cost. Please see the poster below for donation instruction.

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