Nearly All Canadians Concerned about State of Fisheries in Canada - Union of Environment Workers Calls on Federal Government to Put More Money into Fisheries Protection and Enhancement



    OTTAWA, Nov. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Nearly all Canadians (97%) are concerned
about protecting Canada's natural resources including fisheries and Canadians
clearly give that concern priority over two issues at the forefront of the
federal government's agenda - protecting Canada's sovereignty over the Arctic
and maintaining Canadian ownership of large corporations. Moreover, the
majority of Canadians say responsibility for the protection of the fisheries
belongs to the federal government and that the government should provide more
funding to ensure sustainability of this resource.
    Part of a recent Leger Marketing survey of Canadians conducted on behalf
of the Union of Environment Workers (UEW), a component of the Public Service
Alliance of Canada (PSAC), the results were released on World Fisheries Day to
mark the launch of a campaign calling on the federal government to put more
money and resources into the monitoring, enforcement and conservation of
Canadian fisheries.
    "This is obviously an issue important to Canadians and yet those on the
front lines with Fisheries and Oceans don't have the resources to protect and
rebuild the stocks," said William Pynn UEW National President. "We will not
only lose a key economic sector and part of our heritage, but when you remove
an activity as basic to the Canadian way of life as going fishing, there will
be tremendous impact on quality of life."
    The public opinion research also revealed Canadians feel the main reason
fisheries are important is their contribution to Canada's economic well-being.
Despite acknowledging the importance of the fisheries to Canada, the majority
of Canadians see the fishing industry and fisheries as a declining industry.
    "We are hoping this issue finally captures the Prime Minister's interest
and he decides to revisit funding for the protection of Canada's fisheries,"
said Mr. Pynn. "Without adequate funding, we may not have fish in our oceans
and lakes in 50 years."
    As part of its campaign, the UEW is calling on Canadians to visit
www.ourfish.ca where visitors can send an electronic post card to Prime
Minister Harper with a message urging his government to provide the necessary
funding to Fisheries and Oceans Canada to ensure the protection of Canada's
fisheries.

    The Union of Environment Workers represents approximately 5,700 members
at Environment Canada, Fisheries & Oceans and Natural Resources.

    The findings referenced about are the results of a Leger Marketing survey
of 1,500 adult Canadians conducted on behalf of the Union of Environment
Workers (UEW) between October 2nd and October 7th, 2007. With a sample of this
size, results can be considered accurate to within +/- 2.5%, 19 times out of
20.




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