Hotte and Sumaila's op-ed: "Fish habitat: Why rock the boat?"
Ngaio Hotte and Rashid Sumaila's "Fish habitat: Why rock the boat?" was published in The Globe and Mail on March 21st 2012. They tackle the controversial issue of planned changes to the wording of the federal Fisheries Act. They write:
"[The act] currently prohibits activities that result in the 'harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat.' The act would be modified to prevent only those activities that cause an 'adverse effect' on 'fish of economic, cultural or ecological value.'"
Their ultimate contention is that "[t]he current Fisheries act is beautiful in its simplicity: Fish need habitat to survive, and harming their habitat will inevitably cause harm to the fish. It ain't broke, so don't fix it."