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Groups urging feds to restore environmental protections in Fisheries Act

Forty-seven people and groups from across Canada urge the federal government not to waste time undoing former Conservative government changes to fisheries protection.

The prominent scientists and environmental groups have fired off a letter to Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo, saying the former government ignored entire ecosystems while focusing solely on protecting commercially viable fish stocks.

Linda Nowlan of West Coast Environmental Law says the Fisheries Act was gutted by the previous Harper government.

They want a quick reversal of that policy and note Tootoo has been instructed by the prime minister to restore protections in the act.

Nowlan says there has been good feedback so far from the government.

She says they hope changes to the act will be implemented during this parliamentary session.

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