Changing the way we fish for salmon in BC, so we can harvest abundant salmon populations while conserving and rebuilding the depleted ones
Our changing climate is decreasing the abundance and diversity of salmon in BC, while increasing the volatility of returns. DFO’s approach to fishery management must be upended to work in our new climate reality. Innovations in fishing gear and methods can allow us to dramatically reduce the impacts of our fisheries on endangered salmon runs. So can a transition from mixed stock to known stock fisheries. But federal fishery managers continue to put fisheries ahead of fish. Working with First Nations and other forward-thinking harvesters, we are leading the push for a management regime founded on sustainable principles tested over millenia—one that is robust to climate-forced changes in freshwater and marine environments.
Spurring stronger action to conserve and rebuild at-risk wild salmon populations
Dozens of salmon runs across B.C. are severely depleted and several are now being considered for listing under Canada’s Species At Risk Act. Canada’s Policy for the Conservation of Wild Pacific Salmon provides an excellent blueprint for managing B.C.’s wild salmon, and rebuilding endangered populations, but it has not been implemented. Despite promises to “act on” the recommendations of the $37 million Cohen Commission the feds have done very little. And monitoring programs that track the status of wild salmon runs have been cut to the bone, so we know less than ever about how our salmon are actually doing.