GO FISH RESTRICTIONS ARE LIKELY TO BE DEFEATED AGAINST NEW REGULATIONS FOR FISH IN CANADA, AUSTRALIA AND NEPTUNE, SAY CONSULTING AGENCIES WHO ARE APPROACHING THE ACT.
The ACT prohibits commercial fishing for sharks, rays, bluefin tuna and carp.
The rules require a licence from the minister for the species.
In recent years, the government has been moving in a new direction on regulating fish.
On Wednesday, the ministers of Fisheries and Oceans and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change announced that a new fish protection rule will be introduced in the next legislative session.
Fisheries Minister Jim Carr said the new rules will be a broad-based policy that will allow commercial fisheries to operate with greater safety and protection of people, wildlife and the environment.
“This will be an important step towards ensuring that the rules are not overstepped by fishing industry lobbyists, or challenged by individuals or groups that have not yet demonstrated the capacity to demonstrate the need for this legislation,” Carr said in a statement.
There is an existing fishing moratorium in the waters off of the eastern seaboard of Canada, which was lifted in November.
However, a new one in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans is due to be implemented later this year.
While some countries such as Japan, the United States and Australia have already announced their plans to ban fish from waters off their coasts, Canada is not among them.
A report released by the Canadian Marine Fisheries Service last month showed that a significant proportion of fish caught in Canadian waters are from species that are protected under the federal fishery regulations.
Fish stocks in Canada are in decline.
With a growing number of countries banning fish from their coasts and the United Kingdom introducing a ban on shark finning, Canada has been at the forefront of fishing restrictions.