Wanted: Your Feedback on DFO Plan for Wild Salmon

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The 2005 Wild Salmon Policy is a roadmap for restoring and maintaining healthy and diverse salmon populations and their habitats.

spawning-sockeye-salmon-20141014Thanks to your letters, calls, and presence at the Wild Salmon Policy Open House in March 2017 we stopped the Wild Salmon Policy (WSP) from being dismantled. Now we need your support again to help ensure DFO follow through.

DFO has now developed an implementation plan, as recommended by the 2012 Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River. They are now looking for public feedback on their draft plan and B.C. salmon need your support.

How can you help?

1.Provide your feedback. Read our backgrounder to help you prepare your submission.

2. Attend one of these upcoming open houses

Chilliwack, B.C. – Nov. 16, 6:30 – 8:30PM, Tzeachten Community Center, 45855 Promontory Road

Port Alberni, B.C. – Nov. 20, 6:30 – 8:30PM, Tseshaht Administration Building, 5091 Tsuma-as Drive

*Join the Facebook event for the Chilliwack open house to join the conversation.

What does Watershed Watch think about the draft implementation plan?

The draft implementation plan is a welcome step in the right direction, providing useful guidance for DFO in implementing the Wild Salmon Policy over the next five years. However it falls short in a number of areas. Two of the big ones are:

Accountability – The draft plan makes no one responsible  for ensuring the work actually gets done.

Funding – Effective implementation of the Wild Salmon Policy requires monitoring of critical salmon habitats, however the draft plan designates no new funding for this task.

To implement the Wild Salmon Policy, we need adequate resources for getting the work done, and someone who is responsible for overseeing the process.

What are Watershed Watch’s Recommendations?

We will be providing detailed comments on the Draft Implementation Plan, which we will share publicly. In the meantime, our general recommendations are:

  • Clearly identify the individuals or teams responsible for specific deliverables.
  • Appoint leaders for coordinating and overseeing work between DFO sections, First Nations, and other partners. (i.e. implement Cohen recommendation #4)
  • Add detail that will allow for better evaluation of progress against deliverables.
  • When summarizing language from the original Policy, ensure that its meaning and intent is not lost or watered down, especially regarding the significance of red & yellow status of salmon Conservation Units.
  • Produce an annual report card detailing all identified activities, and provide accounting on what has been achieved, where the activity is relative to its timetable, outstanding issues, and next steps.

For more detailed information about Watershed Watch’s perspective on the Wild Salmon Policy draft implementation plan, read our backgrounder.

3 Responses to Wanted: Your Feedback on DFO Plan for Wild Salmon

  1. Sharon Rousseau says:

    Times have changed, illegal fishing runs rampent with no regard for ecosystems. Hire many more enforcement officers/sherrifs, make more laws with substantially higher fines. That will pay their salaries. Promote substantial rewards for tips leading prosecution illegal fishing and ecosystem damage. Keep it simple and act on things agreed to now. South of the border many rivers were closed for Chinook. ALARM BELLS The past indifference for the dwindling supply of BC resources will leave locals not being able to afford fish when demand is higher than supply. We need conservation efforts now to rebuild the resource.


    Reinvest in wild salmon habitat and monitoring of salmon stream returns not just commercially viable salmon but all as bio diversity is key.

  3. Stephen Stewart says:

    Isn’t this the same DFO who managed the Atlantic cod until they were fished to extinction? Isn’t this the same DFO who said nothing about the overfishing of Pacific salmon and the spread of diseases and parasites from Atlantic salmon farmed in open pens on the migration routes of Pacific salmon? Isn’t this the same DFO who said nothing about Cermaq’s plan to dump 2.3 million litres of Interox Paramove 50 pesticide into Clayoquot Sound? Why trust them?

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