Sponsors: City of Prince Rupert
Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships
WHEREAS for thousands of years salmon fishing has been of vital importance to the First Nations people both on the Pacific coast and inland along the rivers and to this day the Pacific coast marine commercial fishing industry and the inland sports fishery are both essential to our region as economic generators;
AND WHEREAS at the 57th Annual BC Chamber of Commerce AGM in May of 2009 the delegates passed a “policy for maintaining a vibrant sport fishing industry in British Columbia” and Prince Rupert City Council feels the policy is reflective of only the sport fishing industry, and undermines the commercial fishing industry:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and the UBCM lobby the Provincial and Federal governments to support both the commercial fishing industry and the sports fishing industry equitably as they are both critical economic generators for residents within the Province of BC.
The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution calling on the provincial and federal governments to provide equitable support for both the commercial and sports fisheries.
However, members have consistently endorsed resolutions in support of the fishing industry (2009-B126; 2005-B128; 2001-A8; 1997-LR5; 1992-B84; 1984-A28).