Quite appreciate much of the sentiment reported in this article from Chilliwack; common folks presenting to the Cohen Commission. Common folks, as in gumboot biologists and people with their hands and feets in the creeks.
Separate arms length operations for Department of Fisheries and Oceans to deal with enforcement, aquaculture, and other issues..?
I’ve asked about this at various meetings that DFO attends… “are you willing to set up funds for habitat management that would be managed by a third party?”
Nothing worse than having one arm of DFO handing out $$ for habitat work, then having a fish cop show up while you’re doing in-stream work, pepper spray in one hand, gun holster in the other asking: “what the hell you folks doing here?!”
Also curious that so many “former” DFO employees have some pretty darn good suggestions for improvements.
Maybe someone should set up a “former DFO employee” support group that explores various suggestions for improving the bureaucratic behemoth, financial sap, of an organization?
Maybe that could be tapped onto the back end of the 12 ‘scientific’ studies being conducted by the Cohen Commission?