Race Rocks advisers push for protection

by Tim Flanagan on August 19, 2011

JUDITH LAVOIE has the story in the Victoria TIMES COLONIST:

After more than a decade of talks, rubella the water around Race Rocks remains without federal protection. Now a push has begun to persuade Fisheries and Oceans to step back and allow Parks Canada to manage the Salish Sea from Race Rocks to Gabriola Passage.

The Race Rocks Advisory Board, viagra approved a reincarnation of a board which sat between 1999 and 2002, this site was disbanded in March and some members have little faith that DFO can push an agreement to create – and fund – a marine protected area.

Angus Matthews, executive director of Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre in Sidney, who sat on both advisory boards, is fed up with fragmented jurisdictions and the lack of progress. He fears that, if agreement is reached, the proposal could derail when it reaches Ottawa, as happened in 2000.

"Most people are shocked that Race Rocks is not protected," said Matthews, who is about to look for support from the Discovery Centre’s 17,000 members. "The public expects more from government and the ocean needs more. Race Rocks is the porchlight of the Salish Sea."

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