Despite that members of the environmental committee of the Hastings Park Conservancy, and other local groups, opposed the idea from early on of turning Hastings Park Sanctuary into a fishing hole for kids, City Hall went ahead anyway and partnered with the Freshwater Fishing Society to build a dock in the Sanctuary, and started a kids fishing program earlier this summer.
In a matter of mere weeks since the program began, the predicted threat to birds and other wildlife has already come to fruition, with a duck recently reported seriously injured by a discarded fishing hook (with video) by community naturalist Ibycter on his blog. The duck has now had to be euthanized, according to the Vancouver Courier (July 16th): Duck death at Hastings Park pond blamed on fishing hook.
Sadly, City Hall has gone ahead with a program that compromises our neighbourhood’s “green gem”, The Sanctuary: a unique green space cultivated for over a decade by dedicated community members and naturalists (particularly members of the Hastings Park Conservancy) who have tracked the growing population of bird life in Hastings Park.
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