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December 05, 2012 edition of the Sooke News Mirror

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  • JOYFUL NOISE Band students from Jour-ney and EMCS fundraise

    for competitions. Page B1

    Your community, your classi eds B13 75Wednesday, DECEMBER 5, 2012

    Editorial Page 8 Entertainment Page B1Sports/stats Page A14

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    SOOKESOOKE NEWS 2010 WINNERM I R R O RNew anglers coalition hopes to lobby OttawaSharron HoSooke News Mirror

    A new society has been formed to lobby differ-ent levels of government against the decline of the recreational fishery on South Vancouver Island.

    The South Vancouver Island Anglers Coalitionhas an objective to educate municipal, provincial andfederal levels of government on the social and economicimportance of the regions fishery to increase accessfor all Canadians.

    The purpose of the soci-ety is to act as a lobbying voice for the angling com-munity of South Vancou-ver Island. We want to see the stop in the decline of the fishery that weve been witnesses over the last 10 years, said ChristopherBos, SVIAC president.

    In other words we want to return and rebuild the robust, thriving fisheries that we had on South Van-couver Island historically. Its important that we have abundant, healthy fish pop-ulations and we would like to see our wild fish given more respect by our govern-ment and more emphasis on rebuilding those stocks that are of concern.

    We are anglers that need to get the message out about the social significance and the importance of angling to the lifestyles of many peo-ple who live on South Van-couver Island as well as the

    economic impact that webring when we have a thriv-ing fishery.

    Bos stated over the course of 10 years, hes observed increased restrictions and a massive decline of local fisheries like coho, chinook and halibut.

    When I say decline, I use the term of 50 per cent ofour fishing time in the last decade is now under heavyrestrictions or closed com-pared to a decade ago, hesaid.

    We believe the Depart-ment of Fisheries and Ocean is using the reduction of fishing opportunities for commercial, recreational, and the First Nations as a method of recovery, which has proven to be histori-cally a failure.

    He said the DFO is not addressing the root prob-lem in fish stock decline, which could be a result from massive overfishing from commercial fleets, climate changes, destruction of habitat overtime or human caused activities.

    We dont believe that its all nature caused as to why there are these declines and we believe that we can through our lobbying efforts create a positive change, Bos said. Im not saying theres not conservation con-cern on some of the fish, but we believe thats not being addressed properly.

    One of the long-term goals of the society is to hire a full-time lobbyist in Ottawa who

    will speak on behalf of SouthVancouver Island anglers. A position that will come ata hefty price of between $100,000 to $120,000.

    Bos acknowledged the organization has a long road ahead.

    The organization, became a society in July and had its first meeting on Nov. 27 inLangford.

    We had about 125 peopleattend our meeting and we signed up over 60 per centof attendants as members on the spot, Bos said.

    As a new organization, the society has identified the four following tasks:

    Development of a strong membership base.

    Development of a three-year business plan to iden-tify the key components such as details on the professional lobbyists,whether or not to take legal action on issues of impor-tance, and how to proceed with activism cam-paigns.

    Perform an economic study on the fishery of South Vancouver Island for lobbying efforts.

    Introduce themselves and educate all politicians within the SVIAC jurisdic-tion on fresh water and salt water angling on South Van-couver Island. Attain their support for lobbying efforts in Ottawa.

    Generation of a large amount of funds.

    Info at: www.anglerscoali-tion.com.

    Sharron Ho photo

    Lighting up!Sooke Fire Rescue Service volunteer firefighter, Dave Adamson, climbs a fire truck ladder to decorate the Evergreen Centre kiosk with a snowflake light. The District of Sooke, Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce and local businesses partnered to decorate municipal trees in the town core with battery operated lights. The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce is also encouraging different businesses to light up store-front trees.

    Angela Bailey photo

    HonourMaestro Norman Nelson, was presented with a Queens Jubilee medal on Dec. 1 by MP Randall Garrison, left.

    Pinning on the medal is Sooke P h i l h a r m o n i c O r c h e s t r apresident Pat Phillips, right.

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