Tell Premier Horgan to Put Wild Salmon First
We have a moment of opportunity right now to make things better for B.C.’s wild salmon.
Premier Horgan’s government has taken some positive steps for wild salmon, like the provincial collaboration with First Nations to move fish farms out of the Broughton Archipelago. We have also seen some serious missteps, like when Premier Horgan appointed a Wild Salmon Advisory Council dominated by fishing industry representatives, with no independent fisheries scientists and no conservation advocacy groups. The hand-picked council rushed their public consultations through around the winter holidays, and all but one of their public meetings were in coastal towns, almost completely excluding interior communities.
On March 8, the industry-dominated council released their final recommendations and Premier Horgan is now deciding which of these recommendations he is going to accept and put into a “made-in-B.C. wild salmon strategy.”
The council’s recommendations for protecting and restoring salmon habitat are excellent and we need to encourage the Premier to put serious muscle behind them. However, some of their other recommendations are dangerously ill-informed, like boosting the old-school commercial fishing industry with no mention of preventing overfishing by moving to more sustainable fishing methods; or increasing artificial salmon production in hatcheries despite the growing evidence that hatchery operations often harm wild fish and should only be used as a last resort.
We need to tell the Premier and our elected representatives to put wild salmon and science first, and we only have a few days to do it before key decisions are made. Please take a minute to send a letter now.
Thanks for joining us in standing up for wild salmon!
NB. You can read the WSAC recommendations here.