Public Concerns About 2015 Salmon Fishing Plan
|First Name||Last Name||Organization||City||What are your concerns about the 2015 salmon fishing plan?|
|Kathleen||Martin||Victoria||The long-term health of our entire coastal environment relies on that one resource: salmon. We do not want to go the way of the east coast and loose our fishing, not just for environmental reasons but also financial ones. Do the right thing. Protect our salmon stocks|
|Anonymous||In addition to the herring fishery that is being mismanaged I am very concerned about a host of other mismanagement plans:
Fraser River sockeye salmon â DFO proposes an 8.3% increase in the number of sockeye salmon that commercial nets can scoop up.
â¢While some large, productive Fraser sockeye runs like the Adams and Shuswap can handle the fishing pressure, the majority of the proposed fishing will take place in areas where fishermen wonât be able to avoid heavily overfishing endangered runs like Cultus and Sakinaw, and many others that are also at risk.
â¢DFO tried the same increase on a trial basis last year (2014), resulting in a failure to get enough salmon back to Cultus Lake to meet the meagre goal established by the recovery team. Numerous other stocks would have been overfished if all fishermen had managed to catch their full allocation.
â¢Interior Fraser River First Nations who are trying to rebuild at-risk sockeye runs in their territories are opposed to the increased harvest rate.
â¢SOLUTION: Allow more fishing to take place in sustainable stock-selective fisheries, closer to the spawning grounds of the wild salmon runs that are healthy and abundant (See our video), rather than allowing more fishing in places where the endangered and healthy runs are all caught indiscriminately.
Endangered Interior Fraser River coho â DFO proposes a more than 3-fold increase in the number of endangered Interior Fraser River coho salmon that can be killed in commercial, sport, and aboriginal fisheries.
â¢Following severe declines in the 1990s due to heavy overfishing and unfavourable ocean conditions, Canadian fishermen were limited to killing only 3% of the total return of these endangered coho runs.
â¢Most of the fishing impacts on these endangered salmon now occur incidentally in fisheries targeting other more abundant species.
â¢Now is not the time allow more of these endangered salmon to be killed: â¢DFO scientists acknowledge that these coho runs are still suffering from low productivity, caused in part by an unfavourable ocean environment.
â¢Making matters worse, a large and unprecedented warming event recently began in the North Pacific that is resulting in mass die-offs of marine animals and is likely to present severe challenges to salmon for as long as it persists.
â¢SOLUTION: Rather than increasing fishing impacts, DFO should be promoting the use of lower-impact fishing methods that will allow fishermen to reduce their impact on endangered coho without reducing their target catch. In particular, DFO should approve the proposals from the lower Fraser River gillnet fleet to experiment with shallow seine gear.
Early-timed Fraser River chinook â The majority of the Fraser Riverâs 17 genetically distinct chinook salmon runs are severely depleted.
â¢DFO should increase protection of early-timed Fraser chinook, which are an important food resource for endangered southern resident killer whales during a crucial survival period.
â¢SOLUTION: Reduce the daily take limit in the recreational fishery in Zone 1 management from 2 to 1 during the spring period.
Skeena River sockeye â Under pressure from the commercial fishing lobby, DFO is proposing to do away with a fishing plan that has been in place since 2009 and was based on advice from an independent panel of fishery scientists.
â¢Of the 30 unique sockeye runs that make their way up the Skeena River each year, around 85% of the total sockeye run is the result of artificial enhancement through man-made spawning channels at Babine Lake.
â¢While the enhanced portion of the sockeye run can handle heavy fishing pressure, the proposed harvest rate increases would result in the overfishing of several genetically distinct wild runs that are already at risk. These include wild Babine River sockeye, Kitwanga Lake sockeye, and Morice-Nanika sockeye.
â¢The First Nations whose territories host these at-risk stocks â Lake Babine, Gitanyow, Gitxsan, and Wetâsuwetâen â are opposed to the increased commercial pressure.
â¢SOLUTION: The enhanced runs can be harvested in highly sustainable terminal fisheries with no impact on the endangered runs, making these proposed increases unnecessary.
|Alexandr||Yantselovskiy||Stop fishing of salmons!|
|Doug||Hayman||Nssk||North vancouver||That we will wipe out wild salmon We should be able to hear what federal scintests have say (the few of them are left)|
|Dana||Lepofsky||DFO seems incapable of enforcing fishing quotas that are ecologically meaningful. Our herring and our salmon on the west coast are on the cod-path... with the same management team at the helm.
The precautionary principle is clearly not being followed here. DFO knows that our oceans are warming at faster rates than predicted and given that this in unprecedented, there is no way that they can ethically claim that they know how to manage our fisheries under this new climate regime. I urge you to be responsible citizens and considerably limit the catch -- and think about the future of our ocean ecosystems, not short term economic gains for a few.
|Karen||Liska||Ms.||Edgewater Park||This is causing problems for natural wildlife, enviroment and the salmon population itself.|
|James||Pronk||Pease insure the long term health of the west coast salmon.
We can safely target the abundant salmon runs by shifting to highly selective fisheries that do little or no damage to endangered runs.
|Christine||Cerqueda||Leave the salmon for the bears.|
|Sharon||McPhail||Sooke||The Orca need the salmon to survive and we do not. Simple as that.|
|Jan||Lander||concerned citizen||North Vancouver, B.C.||DFO should be promoting lower impact fishing to protect endangered salmon stocks. They have the facts and the know how. We need to start putting salmon, and their habitat before the easy way of making dollars. Soon there will be no dollars to be made from B.C. Salmon or any other business. tourism ie w- hales, bears.
- Allow more fishing to take place in sustainable stock-selective fisheries, closer to the spawning grounds of the wild salmon runs that are healthy and abundant, rather than allowing more fishing in places where the endangered and healthy runs are all caught indiscriminately
- DFO should approve the proposals from the lower Fraser River gillnet fleet to experiment with shallow seine gear.
- Reduce the daily take limit in the recreational fishery in Zone 1 management from 2 to 1 during the spring period for early timed Fraser River Chinook
|Tara Leesa||Davis||Santa Rosa||Do not back out of the Fishing Plan in place!!!|
|MARIE||MANHARDT||arlington hts||OVER FISHING OF WILD SALMON, DEPLETING THEM TO EXTINCTION.|
|susanna||minacheili||susanna||thessaloniki||i am very worried about this matter please protect the endangered species or loose them forever ..please ban the fishing and hunting of endangered species ..help them survive..this is simple common sense !!!|
|Tina||Eiser||Glen Burnie||Stop killing living beings.|
|Rosana||Melo||Ms.||Sao paulo||Say No to increasing commercial exploitation of endangered wild salmon|
|Chris||Usami||Toronto||We have to protect our natural resources be it water or what lives in it they are one|
|Bianca||Beyer||Las Vegas||We are over fishing to the point of ruining the oceans. If our cetaceans have no food they will perish. If the oceans die, we die.|
|KARINA||TARPINIAN||glendale||stop destroying everything !!!! let the salmon live freely and in the wild!!!|
|Karen||Zaborniak||Nanoose Bay||I support sustainable fishing practices. Do not erode the protection of the endangered salmon runs.
Why does humanity always put greed above all else.
|Sheila||Harrington||Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy||Lasqueti Island||Canada's Wild Salmon Policy states that conservation of wild salmon and their habitats is 'the highest priority in resource management decision making. But the proposed changes to fishing plans for 2015 erode protection for dozens of endangered salmon runs.
"A report released this week by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says a massive 'warm blob' of water that is up to 3 C higher than average is spreading south from Alaska. That, together with other environmental factors, could make the ocean less productive for many species, including salmon." (Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, March 18, 2015)
'We are seeing unprecedented changes in the environment,' Toby Garfield, director of the environmental research division at the U.S. Southwest Fisheries Science Center said in a statement.
"The report states that, in addition to higher sea-surface temperatures, there have also been weaker upwellings of cold currents. Those upwellings bring nutrients up from deeper ocean levels, enriching the base of the marine food web." (Globe and Mail, op. cit)
According to "Stories from Climate Central's Science Journalists and Content Partners" one of the main causes has been the unusual and in some cases, record setting ' warm water off the West Coast of the U.S. and stretching all the way to the Gulf of Alaska.... While the sea lions have been the face of the recent intrusion of warm water, ecosystem disruptions are visible throughout the stretch of the eastern Pacific and Gulf of Alaska.
Fraser River sockeye salmon - DFO proposes an 8.3% increase in the number of sockeye salmon that commercial nets can scoop up.
While some large, productive Fraser sockeye runs like the Adams and Shuswap can handle the fishing pressure, the majority of the proposed fishing will take place in areas where fishermen won't be able to avoid heavily overfishing endangered runs like Cultus and Sakinaw, and many others that are also at risk.
DFO tried the same increase on a trial basis last year (2014), resulting in a failure to get enough salmon back to Cultus Lake to meet the meagre goal established by the recovery team. Numerous other stocks would have been overfished if all fishermen had managed to catch their full allocation.
Interior Fraser River First Nations who are trying to rebuild at-risk sockeye runs in their territories are opposed to the increased harvest rate.
SOLUTION: Allow more fishing to take place in sustainable stock-selective fisheries, closer to the spawning grounds of the wild salmon runs that are healthy and abundant (See our video), rather than allowing more fishing in places where the endangered and healthy runs are all caught indiscriminately.
Endangered Interior Fraser River coho - DFO proposes a more than 3-fold increase in the number of endangered Interior Fraser River coho salmon that can be killed in commercial, sport, and aboriginal fisheries.
Following severe declines in the 1990s due to heavy overfishing and unfavourable ocean conditions, Canadian fishermen were limited to killing only 3% of the total return of these endangered coho runs.
Most of the fishing impacts on these endangered salmon now occur incidentally in fisheries targeting other more abundant species.
Now is not the time allow more of these endangered salmon to be killed:
DFO scientists acknowledge that these coho runs are still suffering from low productivity, caused in part by an unfavourable ocean environment.
Making matters worse, a large and unprecedented warming event recently began in the North Pacific that is resulting in mass die-offs of marine animals and is likely to present severe challenges to salmon for as long as it persists.
SOLUTION: Rather than increasing fishing impacts, DFO should be promoting the use of lower-impact fishing methods that will allow fishermen to reduce their impact on endangered coho without reducing their target catch. In particular, DFO should approve the proposals from the lower Fraser River gillnet fleet to experiment with shallow seine gear.
Early-timed Fraser River chinook "The majority of the Fraser River's 17 genetically distinct chinook salmon runs are severely depleted.
DFO should increase protection of early-timed Fraser chinook, which are an important food resource for endangered southern resident killer whales during a crucial survival period.
SOLUTION: Reduce the daily take limit in the recreational fishery in Zone 1 management from 2 to 1 during the spring period.
Skeena River sockeye - Under pressure from the commercial fishing lobby, DFO is proposing to do away with a fishing plan that has been in place since 2009 and was based on advice from an independent panel of fishery scientists.
Of the 30 unique sockeye runs that make their way up the Skeena River each year, around 85% of the total sockeye run is the result of artificial enhancement through man-made spawning channels at Babine Lake.
While the enhanced portion of the sockeye run can handle heavy fishing pressure, the proposed harvest rate increases would result in the overfishing of several genetically distinct wild runs that are already at risk. These include wild Babine River sockeye, Kitwanga Lake sockeye, and Morice-Nanika sockeye.
The First Nations whose territories host these at-risk stocks ' Lake Babine, Gitanyow, Gitxsan, and Wet'suwet'en ' are opposed to the increased commercial pressure.
SOLUTION: The enhanced runs can be harvested in highly sustainable terminal fisheries with no impact on the endangered runs, making these proposed increases unnecessary
|Iris||Gradunov||Endangered salmon, endangered southern resident killer whales|
|elizabeth||rose||Afraid they will be over fished, this will hurt all the animals who need them to survive.|
|Myrna||petrie||Salmon fishing will only make things worse not better. Humans need to stop depleting our environment and start conserving. Like 50 years ago!!! Get with it!!!|
|Kirsten||Lassen-Smith||Marine wildlife depends on the salmon, we don't!|
|Liz||Craig||livingston||Cetaceans feed on wild salmon so by commercial fishing you are actually destroying these animals sources of food. Stop it now|
|Susan-Marie||Yoshihara||Denman Island||Climate warming has come to British Columbia. It is undeniable. 2015 will be the warmest year on record here. The snow pack on Vancouver Island is only 15% of what it should be. If this summer is as warm and dry as last year's summer our rivers will be drying up.That means that salmon will be endangered as never before. We absolutely must follow the precautionary principle and not allow any stocks at risk to be caught as by-catch. In addition increases in allowable catch for other salmon runs are unacceptable. These days all wild life in British Columbia is at risk. Please act to protect what is left of our beautiful and delicious wild salmon.
Denman Island, B.C.
|maryann||mcgovern||hartford||Please don't do this ,leave the salmons alone there are many marine life who need these to eat|
|Carla||Caston||Baton Rouge||I'm real concerned about the environkent.|
|Carla||Caston||Baton Rouge||I'm real concerned about the environkent.|
|Anonymous||DFO has consistently demonstrated their inability to forecast and manage wild fish stocks across Canada.
It is time to start listening more closely to the communities where harvests are proposed.
For once, have some patience to plan for sustainability instead of commercial profit.
|manuela||wolter||Miss||San-Jose||OVER-FISCHING IS CRUEL|
|Jane||Gorman||concerned about over fishing that there is no fish for the ocras many young calfs have died|
|Anonymous||Wild salmon populations are rapidly diminishing, and I am concerned on the impact this will have on other animals that feed on salmon, such as bears and orcas. For myself, I quit eatting meat and chicken long ago, and recently, seafood. I am willing to go without salmon so that other species will survice.|
|Jane||Garsson||There needs to be sustainable fishing practices for salmon, like the indigenous First Nations people of Canada have been practicing for thousands of years.
Protect the land, rivers and oceans that not only sustain it's people, but the precious marine life, including seals and endangered Orcas!
|Anonymous||catawissa||Stop overfishing and help save the salmon people!|
|Anonymous||Alexandria||Have your say on the 2015 fishing plan and stand up for endangered salmon runs! Deadline April 13th|
|Kimberly||Collingwood||Avondale||When the salmon goes so do other animals because this is their food source.|
|Anonymous||Animals are starving in the ocean.. shouldn't this be a top priority instead of allowing more fishing ? Stop taking away what sustains the and being greedy for all the wrong reasons.|
|Nancy||Young||San Diego||The orcas in this region are endangered species. Salmon are what they need to thrive. Dams are one cause that limits the number of salmon, now this. Last year a pregnant orca washed ashore, dead. Her ribs were showing. Please help keep an ample supply of salmon in these waters for the resident orcas.
|Nancy||Young||San Diego||The orcas in this region are endangered species. Salmon are what they need to thrive. Dams are one cause that limits the number of salmon, now this. Last year a pregnant orca washed ashore, dead. Her ribs were showing. Please help keep an ample supply of salmon in these waters for the resident orcas.
|Shab||Amiri||We are killing the planet. We are depleting food sources of other species. We need to end this now!|
|Anonymous||southend on sea||Why cause more damage when it is not necessary? We need to preserve species existence and viability, not destroy it!|
|Shelley||Guinn||Eufaual||There is an alternate way! Please do whats right and stop this over fishing. No fish is worth the lives of the beautiful Orcas! The MUST eat the salmon to live...people do not.|
|Anonymous||Anytime we push for "over" anything, in this case a push for over fishing of wild salmon for profits, ir is at the expense of our delicate ecosystem which sustains life. British Columbia and the UK are against this and and supports sustainable fishing.|
|Paige||Nelson||Lexington||Not enough Salmon will be available to orca populations and Sea Lions.|
|Astrid||Heinisch||Frau||Wien||I visit Canada and the Pacific North West every year for an extended family visit. I love the Southern and Northern Residents. The Southern Residents are endangered (so are the NR but not as threatened) and their primary problem is a diminishing food source which consists mainly of Chinook Salmon. This is one of the many concerns I have. No fish, no blackfish. We do not want to lose them.
Over-fishing will at some point hit us too.
|Jim||Rawling||Victoria||The pacific salmon fishery has been optimized for capital intensive net fisheries. This not optimal for the economy or environment as the fish are of a lower quality than line caught, fewer people are employed per fish landed while burning much more fuel than a troll fleet. Most importantly, it is nearly impossible to drive small runs to extinction, while the bycatch from net fisheries can be the last few fish from a small watershed which could produce abundant catches with a little nurturing.
Please review the plan with a view toward maximizing government tax revenue per fish caught. This means individually caught and handled fish which is labour (and tax) intensive. It is easy to monitor and close troll fisheries before the last fish in a small run is pulled in.
|Anonymous||A voice in the widerness||Victoria||The commercial fleet was allowed to take so many herring this year, the salmon will have to find feed and will be a reduced run which will be further reduced by over fishing limits. As a former judicial colleague of Bruce Cohen's I expect my comments will get the same treatment of his highly expensive work that was ignored.|
|Anonymous||Blind Bay||I thought the DFO were there to look after wild salmon. To increase the kill by 8.3% why? The water temperatures of the Fraser River will be much higher this year we'll see hunderds of thousands of salmon floating belly up drifting down the Fraser River. That might be the 8.3% right there. Harper has increased the the time for fish farms and given out more licences.Why would he do that after the Cohen report. But none of the recommendations have been looked at so why should he care.
I live and fish in the Shuswap- we have lost a run of sockeye in 2008 in the Adams River I do not want to lose any more. These Sockeye feed the lake other fish birds anamals trees etc.
|Bruce||Brandhorst||Port Moody||I am concerned about a proposed increase in the commercial catch of sockeye salmon in the Fraser watershed for 2015 as proposed by DFO in its "fishing plan" (which should be posted on its website to facilitate assessment and comment). I am especially concerned this year because of the historically low snow pack, which will almost certainly drastically reduce river flow rates and increase temperatures, putting extreme stress on the returning salmon. Escapement is likely to be substantially reduced due to high mortality. River conditions should be carefully monitored before allowing any sockeye openings (commercial or recresational).
Last year in spite of the strong cycle run returns, increased harvesting was allowed. But the way it was managed impacted badly on seriously endangered sockeye runs (e.g., Cultus, Sakinaw). In general, a more prudent approach to management would be to target the stronger runs closer to there destinations to avoid the by catch of the weaker runs in the mix. More selective fishing methods should also be promoted, such as the use of fish wheels, to reduce the impact on coho and steelhead (I am a catch and release sports fisherman who would like to see these fisheries improve). The use of shallow seine gear should be tested. In addition, the daily recreational limit on early season chinook should be reduced to protect these. Sports fishers near Vancouver would still have great opportunities later in the season.
I have similar concerns for the Skeena watershed. It should be possible to increase the harvest of enhanced sockeye while protecting engangered wild runs by more appropriately siting the commercial fishery.
I am concerned that DFO is bowing to political pressure rather than doing management that is strictly science based. I also consider the draft IFMPs to misrepresent the concerns of many First Nations about the plans.
|Paul||Luczi||N/A||Calgary||I am very concerned about any increase in commercial fishing limits on the west coast, particularly for salmon.
We ahve seen a total collapse of the fisheries on Canad's east coast and it would be a terrible shame to have the same outcome on the west cosat simply to satisfy short term commercial interests.
|Scott||Brown||Coquitlam||The 2015 Plan is putting Wild Stocks at risk when there are alternate gear types and regulations that could provide protection for these fish.
Putting genetically unique and wild runs at risk unnecessarily is not responsible management of this resource - as a voter, taxpayer and longtime purchaser of Salt and Freshwater Sport Licenses I expect a much higher level of pro-active protection by the people entrusted with the governmental mandate to do so.
Stock Protection, Commercial viability and Sport activities can all take place without endangering these valuable resources - if a more appropriate direction is not exercised via the enactment of responsible regulations, we as voters will force those changes at the 'ballot box' to ensure no further harm comes to these fish stocks.
|Anne||Pound||I'm too tired of this to make a coherent argument as it appears that rationale dialogue is not listened to - so how about are you kidding me with this?? Is anyone considering long term sustainability or are we all just concerned about the bottom dollar so it looks like economy doing well and you get elected. Shame on you!|
|monica||Carew||Courtenay||Living on central Vancouver island I can see first hand the state of things on the shore. There is not enough salmon already to sustain even our shore birds. Please stop fishing for a little while to let the stocks replenish. We have to think about our future and our children's futures. Monica|
|Renee||Montemayor||Greenford||Please protect our wildlife.|
|John||Stevens||Delta||My main concern about the 2015 salmon fishing plan is that Watershed Watch is distorting the plan to make it seem that wild salmon runs will be threatened by increased access to some salmon runs by the the commercial salmon fleet. I do not believe that Watershed Watch can produce any scientific evidence to back up their claim of overfishing. As a longtime commercial fisherman and active environmentalist I am revolted by the anti-commercial fishing tenor of Watershed Watch's campaign. The commercial fishing fleet is confident that we can safely prosecute the proposed 2015 salmon fishing plan without harming any endangered salmon runs.|
|Verona||DeLorenzo||It is imperative that the overfishing of wild salmon cease for the future of our ocean waters and ALL of its inhabitants. If the over fishing is allowed and continues not only will you send the Eco system of the ocean into a tail spin, you will quite possibly see the extinction of the Orcas. Think, conserve and act. For all generations to come we must do what we can now.|
|mary||Brockman||victoira||the DFO are defunct. they have been poroven to be weasels doing as they are told by theri government. First Nations must take over the DFO. They have no credibility , they never did have any.|
|Anonymous||Pitt Meadows||Salmon in Georgia straight are suffering beyond belief. One cause I believe is the harvesting/elimination/extinction of adult herring, their hatched spawn and the dying off of kelp beds and forests in many areas; Especially in the sunshine coast area of BC. Kelp beds are almost non-existant in areas south, from Lund... all the way down to Gibsons.... where, back in the 70's and early 80's, they were very present and healthy. Please give consideration to
how the herring are harvested and if in fact, they actually need to be harvested! Not that I agree with harvesting the roe, but taking the whole fish is greedy and irresponsible approach to the management of our marine environment overall.
Another area of concern which relates to the herring - salmon management scheme, is the harvesting of Krill in this area. As you probably know, krill is a fairly main food source for herring juvinilles and by removing that, their food supply becomes very limited. Please re-consider changing/slashing/removing harvesting allocations for all of the above and bring back our salmon!
Thanks for listening
|Anonymous||Courtenay||Please target only abundant runs by supporting selective fisheries. Our salmon stocks are under enough stress and we must not create unnecessary risks for our endangered runs. Please follow the Wild Salmon Policy and make conservation the highest priority.|
|Tom||Lester||Calgary||Short term gain for a few and long term pain for many. How many bad decisions is to going to take before the federal government recognizes what is in the best interest of Canadians and doesn't pander to business interests.|
|Anonymous||We have as a province and country worked so hard at fighting to keep salmon and habitat for these amazing fish alive. Fisherman have done without for many years and the fleet has gone through so many changes to protect and sustain. Don't give in now we need to have fish for the next generations . I have many fisherman friends and would not want to see them loose their livelihood that has been passed on through their families for generations. I buy salmon from them at a fair cost and do without on leaner years.
Not all of us follow the rules but we work to make it last. Stop messing with our fish runs leave it as is, it won't last if you do this.
|Diana||Williams||Maple Ridge||Overfishing of wild salmon will erode protection for many endangered salmon runs which in turn could lead to the loss of these runs. We need to protect our wild salmon from this kind of abuse in order to ensure we maintain a sustainable salmon population.|
|Anonymous||As recreational sport fishing we are being over regulated while a select few get more. I believe this is becoming more and more unfair.|
|Carol||Young||Prince Rupert||Our first nations people here in Prince Rupert and surrounding towns and villiages are already suffering due to the lack of salmon in their diets because of the low runs. My family have been commercial fisherman on this coast since 1910. Rupert was once a thriving town and everyone worked in the canneries. I believe we can get that thriving industry back but only if we look after this resource by allowing the runs to build up again. This increase DFO is proposing in just another mismanagement of our fisheries by people who have no investment n this west coast. Our fisheries should be run by the people who it sustains.....not by a bunch of suits in Ottawa. Do not increase the allowable catch....and get the dirty fish farms off our coast while you are at it. This conservative government is destroying our natural resources ....time for Harper and his cons to go.|
|nnie||Hanmore||Midland||We need to protect the future.|
|Parker||Jefferson||Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society||I am one of many volunteers doing great work in the Cowichan watershed to enhance our fish stocks. I share the concerns of many of our citizens including first nations members about the abundance of wild salmon stocks. Changing ocean conditions are challenging our salmon, we need to apply the precautionary principle when we determine harvest levels in the face of the uncertainty we see for the future of our salmon. Coho stocks are just starting to rebound and should be allowed to continue to increase. Our Cowichan chinooks are doing well due to millions of dollars and much volunteer time spent on habitat improvements. Many Fraser river stocks are in serious decline and should be left to recover.
Sockeye fishing in the Skeena system not only threatens many of the weak sockeye runs there but also has a significant by catch of steelhead. As you may be aware, sport fishing provides more revenue to the BC economy that commercial fishing, fish farming and fish processing combined. The late summer and fall Skeena system steelhead fishery is critical to many communities in the Skeena watershed and the prized steelhead must be protected whenever possible.
|ron||Wilton||Kelowna||Why are 'eastern' officials at DFO over-riding and ignoring representatives in our province who plead with their 'bosses' to pay heed to the science of their own biologists who say the 'official' plan is wrong headed and counter productive?
Are they being told what to say and do by politicians who answer to corporate dictates or the people of Canada who they should be responsible to?
They should show a little backbone and tell the politicians to back off until we remove them in October.
|Elaine||Golds||CFPA||Port Moody||I am very concerned that DFO is not being sufficiently conservative in its plans for harvesting fish this year. I was appalled that DFO was ignoring concerns from First Nations about the herring harvest. Something is not right in our ocean with herring runs depleted. eulachon essentially gone from the Fraser River and high acidity levels that are making it difficult for crustaceans to complete their life cycle.
To my mind, all indications are that we should be backing off on our levels of harvest to allow the marine ecosystem to recover. With data suggesting we are now also experiencing another El Nino, this is a another strong indicator that we should limit all harvests and allow are marine ecosystem a little "breathing space" to adapt to this new regime.
Salmon fisheries should be made more selective so that we avoid putting undue pressure on depleted runs. We must consider the needs of future generations and we must do all that we can to protect unique salmon populations, such as Cultus Lake that continue to decrease in population size. It is foolhardy and short-sighted to simply consider the annual harvest for 2015 and recklessly gamble on the future.
More attention must be paid to what First Nations want. Please follow the recommendations of Watershed Watch.
|Anonymous||Thunder Bay||It boggles my mind that government, elected to work for and ensure good practices for the people, would even consider such irresponsible fishing policy. Please, before its too late, insist on regulations that protect and promote sustainable fishing - it really is a 'no-brainer'.|
|Anonymous||DFO have a long history of mismanagement which needs to stop. They need to be concerned more wuth conservation, not exploitation.|
|Anonymous||Maple Ridge||This plan is a recipe for disaster for salmon stocks in BC. It seems reckless in light of all the evidence that we need to be highly selective in how we harvest our salmon in order to preserve our wild stock for future generations. More consultation with all stakeholders, especially the First Nations, who have been the stewards of our iconic salmon for millennia and who has the most to lose should our salmon fishery collapse, is needed.
Let us not let our West Cost salmon fishery go the way of the East Coast Cod fishery.
|HIRO||ISHIOKA||Freshwater fishing cooperatives.||AOMORI JAPAN||Now, it is desirable that the fishermen both anglers and make an effort to avoid extinction.|
|Drake||K||Surrey||I vote a very firm No on these changes. What part of From Earth, For Earth do they not get? Bunch of dumbf***s...|
|Anonymous||n/a||squamish||My concerns are that you are failing to take a long-term view and in the meantime farmed salmon operations are polluting our sea. Norway doesn't do this in their own back yard! You know the scientific facts and yet you allow farms to continue. Whose interests are you looking after ?
So many Canadians volunteer to ensure that the salmon industry lasts and you ignore common sense,
Talking about common sense, 50 years ago my father noticed the severe toxicity of the Creosote coated poles which is STILL used everywhere, including where they kill herring eggs. My father had the sense to discard the usage of Creosote. You make Canada a laughing stock with your poorly decided actions.
|Richard C||Creech||BC Resident||Victoria, BC||I look forward to a time when I come to believe that Fisheries are more interested in the welfare of our grandchildren than current corporate profits. This day seems further and futher away as you increase the catch from endandered runs and refuse to insist that fish farm viruses are even reported.|
|Akinsola||Oludare||Alosnika Energy Service||Wildlife conservation is the wise use of both our flora and fauna and in this case over exploitation of this wildlife leads up to extinction of such wildlife . Endangered species can also migrate from our surrounding and may never returns if not extinct. So conservation education must be giving to people hunting for salmon fish or relevant endangered species . There's should be an alternative ways in which this people can survive without hunting for salmon fish.Government should provide employment opportunity for this local people because some of them depends majorly on fishing for their survivals, their occupation majorly Is fishing so once again conservation education is paramount .|
|Charles||Hilton||Victoria, B.C.||We don't need the results of the "OVER FISHING" of the East Coast - the "LOSS of the COD STOCKS" to happen to happen to our "WEST COAST SALMON STOCKS" It is time the DFO got it's act together and started putting FISH before PROFITS. It is already bad enough with these Atlantic Salmon farms that are also endangering out wild stocks another DFO boondoggle.|
|Anonymous||Home||north Vancouver||We are not selective enough in our fishing practices to ensure we do not deplete genetically distinct runs of pacific salmon. We can not put these endangered still ck at any further risk.|
|Paul E.||Marquis||MSS||VANCOUVER||NO! To overfishing|
|Paul||Fortin||Toronto||The 2015 plan continues to focus on giving the corporate fish farming interests almost everything they want at the expense of the wild salmon that need to be protected. I am disgusted that the government is not doing more to protect our wild salmon!|
|Anonymous||Effective stewardship of a keystone species such as salmon is integral to maintaining a consistent (long term) fishery, as well as supporting other eco-services provided by our coastal waters and interior rivers. Increasing catch allowances and time frames, and deviating from plans laid out by experts, do not seem to consider the long term effect. At the very least, there is little positive data in favour of these changes - while the risk of losing entire species is very real. Consider a more prudent plan or show that the species affected are not at risk; we have a responsibility - and a vested interest - in protecting this valuable resource.|
|Anonymous||Please. Listen. We cannot keep acting against the interests of our unique and valuable wild fisheries. Let us lead the world by protecting BC''s wild salmon, and by our promotion of closed containment aquaculture to add a sustainable and eco friendly source of protein for the world.|
|Anonymous||Tofino||Increases in the catch allotments from past years is inappropriate at this stage of the stock recovery. Catch limits should be maintained at ultra-conservative levels until a clear and lasting recovery ofthe stocks to levels of abundance is established beyond doubt.|
|Anonymous||Vancouver||Wild salmon runs and the health of wild salmon are already endangered by open salmon farms in the ocean, and along salmon runs. The salmon runs need to be protected for the present and the future! The proposed 2015 fishing plan is wrong and a serious step in the wrong direction. Over fishing of wild salmon would only make the problems worse.|
|Michael||Marcoux||Vancouver||I am concerned that over-fishing of endangered salmon runs may take place. I believe we must err on the side of caution and be very specific about where fishing may and may not take place to protect those runs. The DFO must learn from the destruction of the east coast fishery and not, through lack of caution, allow the same thing to take place on the west coast.
I would add that diseases from salmon farms should be excluded from our waters by allowing only land based fish farms.
|Randy||Nelson||It's truly appalling how seemingly intelligent biologists within DFO succumb to the political pressures of industry year after year, no doubt also pressured from Ottawa who are pressured from industry lobbyists.
How has DFO chosen to deal with smaller salmon stocks? Why, simply ignore them and don't count them any more, that is truly what has happened, only larger stocks are used as "indicator" stocks. It's a handy way to write off the smaller mixed stocks without really knowing about it.
As far as allowing increased incidental catches of coho, another "brilliant" move. If indeed the coho stocks could handle an increase in bycatch, there is not enough enforcement to ensure all users are recording their catch of coho. I know that because I managed the enforcement branch for 5 years (retired 3 years ago) and since then enforcement budgets have been hacked and slashed even further. You might hear DFO brag about the new mid shore patrol vessels, that have Fishery Officers on board (the officers came from existing staff, including shutting down 6 offices where Fishery Officers worked, 4 in the interior). These vessels were imposed in Pacific region despite complaints they were not of suitable size for work on the west coast, they were designed for the east coast. As often happens in DFO the east rules and we were stuck with an oversized, expensive vessel that will consume even more of Pacific Region's meagre enforcement budgets.
Please don't blame field staff for the mess within DFO. They are "whipped" and morale is as low as many small salmon stocks. Combine reduced budgets with low morale and the fish lose.
Targeted, selective fishing would at least give some stocks a chance.
I'm not holding my breath for any positive changes because fish can't talk and fish don't vote. Help do the work for the fish!
|PHILLIP||WILLIAMS||PHILL WILLIAMS SPORT FISHERMAN||CALGARY||If the herring are over fished the salmon will not have enough feed like the situation a few years back on the inland waters. The herring were used only for there roe.If the wild fish are over fished the breeding stock will be jeopardized like what happened with cod on the east coast.|
|Jim||Whitworth||N/A||The same concerns I've had about the fishing industry in B.C. for many years,which are over fishing,fish habitat destruction, the impact of climate change and probably uppermost these days is the attitude Steve and his water boys have towards anything that sustains fish stocks and wildlife in general. For example allowing a herring fish opening on the central coast with the herring stocks still not recovered even with no openings for years. Not much science, sanity or care in that brilliant move. Stupid is as stupid does or is it just plain maliciousness.
appears, judging by what D.F.O. / Ottawa is proposing, 2015 will be another bumper crop of dumb moves that will further jeopardize salmon stocks and who knows maybe that's what's wanted, a sort of paving the way for tanker traffic, by wiping out the fish you wipe out or at at least diminish the number of reasons for resistance.
|Anonymous||This plan is not in the best interests of long-term fishery sustainability. Do not trade-off the long-term health of our wild salmon for short-term profits. Shift to highly selective fisheries that do little or no damage to endangered runs. The changes proposed for the 2015 fishing plan would be a big step backwards.|
|Vic||Booth||DFO is not there to preserve wild salmon.They are there to facilitate the commercial fishery until the wild salmon are gone.BC with no wild salmon is a better corridor for oil and gas export.All the scientific evidence in the world doesn't matter to the mindless corporate profit machine.There is no reasoning with corporate controlled government so there's no point in trying.First nations have had limited success with civil disobedience.The average Canadian is not aware enough or can't be bothered to care about wild salmon until their gone and maybe then they'll wake up but it will be too late.Short of a major change in government priorities which will never happen with King Harper or Queen crusty,I'm afraid there is no hope.|
|Sheila||Pratt||Maple Ridge||I have read about DFO's role in the disastre that was the cod fishery and it wasn't the fault of grey seals! I have no reason to trust the DFO with the salmon fishery. Perhaps DFO would do well to listen to the First Nations who have used this resource sustainably for millenia. The year 2014 was not a successful year for the Cultus run; did DFO learn nothing? Protect the endangered runs! Canada's Wild Salmon Policy may state that conservation of wild salmon and their habitats is "the highest priority in resource management decision making", but actions speak louder than words: we still have open net cage salmon farming. It's time that DFO start protecting our wild salmon, not people who are supporting governments who don't know what they are doing!|
|Anonymous||Salmon and Halibut Charters||Net fishing is archaic ,due too technology they are too efficient now,
if there is going to be a commercial fishery it should be a troll fishery by hook, employs more individuals feeding more families and can be regulated for a better quality product.
Being a charter fisherman if my guest doesn't want his fish I should be able to sell it too a local restaurant, encouraging tourism and small business, and financialy helping more people rather than a small group of individuals
|Gerhardt||Lepp||The Government of Canada has mismanaged wild salmon in many ways including:
1/ Approving and promoting open cage salmon farms in salmon migration routes.
2/ Refusing to monitor the diseases spread from open cage salmon farms to wild salmon.
3/ Suppressing information on the completely inadequate disease monitoring that has been done.
4/ Attacking anyone who tries to do the research that government should have done.
5/ Blatantly lying about the hazards of salmon farming.
6/ Refusing to support the move to land based farming as pioneered by the Kutera project.
7/ Approving herbicide spraying on salmon spawning streams.
8/ Overfishing most stocks in the ocean including herring and salmon.
|Peter||Caverhill||Port Moody||I am totally opposed to the 2015 salmon fishing plan proposed by DFO. The plan must be modified to reflect concern for wild salmon species which will certainly be caught up in the commercial rush to harvest fish produced by spawning channels and hatcheries.
The Federal salmon fishing plans disrespect the Federal Wild Salmon Policy and the principal of using a 'conservative' (not the federal party) or precautionary approach to managing these salmon harvest fisheries.
In light of climate change, and a warming of oceans and the freshwater environments, it seems completely irresponsible to not adopt a much more cautious approach with these fishing plans.
Of specific concern is how these plans will impact wild steelhead returns that use the waters of the Dean ,Skeena, and Fraser River systems.
|Clyde||Weston||Descanso, Ca||Commercial overfishing must be reduced to protect and increase native salmon and steelhead runs. Commercial nets cannot distinguish between hatchery and native fish. We must protect native populations now, and limit commercial overfishing before it is too late to sustain the native populations.
Please protect these endangered.wild fish by severely limiting commercial limits.
|Elly||Hastings||Campbell River, BC||We don't have to accept DFO's unnecessary trade-off between short-term profits and the long-term health of our wild salmon.
The solution is simple: We can safely target the abundant salmon runs by shifting to highly selective fisheries that do little or no damage to endangered runs. This shift is already occurring, and the changes proposed for the 2015 fishing plan would be a big step backwards.
|James||Malcolm||Pure Leadership||Calgary||It seems we are prone to repeat our errors. Clearly the natural salmon population has been stressed for a number of years. It seems that prudence would dictate very selective harvesting until the populations recover. I suggest this would be considered common sense.
To overfish at this time leads one to ask what the motivation is? Canada once was abundant in fish and can be again if government acts responsibly. Think of the large cod fisheries on the east coast. It is disconcerting that there is seemingly no connection with what is happening to wild stocks.
There seems to be some sort of compulsion to equate salmon and chicken. This policy is flawed.
|Geoff||Gerhart||Trout Country Fishing Guides||My concerns are that the Minister of DFO is not doing her job period! Replace her or start playing by the rules of science based facts. This the second year in a row that this Minister should be tried under the constitution of Canada for treason. The job of every Canadian government is to protect the air land and water. It is clear that this minister of DFO is not doing that.|
|Anonymous||Langley||DFO management has historically ignored it's own highly skilled Scientists.
The results are obvious on BOTH coasts to anyone . Please stop embarrassing yourself, if you won't protect the resource for it's own sake.
|Anonymous||Watershed Watch||Marysville||Please stop over fishing for Salmon. All of the dams have cut off a lot of the salmon running and the resident Orcas need their salmon to live. Let the greedy restaurants and the greedy fishermen serve up something else.|
|Aleah||Jaeger||Pacific orcas need salmon to survive! We need sustainable and healthy salmon populations for orcas and lots of other wildlife. Our whole ecosystem depends on them.|
|Brad||West||Hazelton||The increased commercial fishing for Skeena sockeye is going to put avoidable pressure on endangered or threatened runs. Change the emphasis permanently to terminal area fisheries to allows sustainable harvests of healthy stocks.|
|Maria||Grau||Increasing the salmon fishing quotas at this time, with global warming and diminishing coho salmon runs and others in some catchments, seems the complete wrong thing to do. When we'´ll we accept our limitations for the good of the planet?
Canada's Wild Salmon Policy states that conservation of wild salmon and their habitats is 'the highest priority in resource management decision making.' Please keep up your own rules.
|Lynn||Taylor||Victoria||Instead of continuing to mine our oceans for short-term profits, we need to look at sustainable fisheries to preserve our ocean stocks and provide a healthy future for our fishing industry.
Increasing the Fraser River sockeye run must be limited to specific areas. Overfishing runs such as the Cultus and Sakinaw endanger species other than salmon and Interior Fraser River First Nations are still trying to build up at-risk sockeye in their territories.
Increased fishing needs to be restricted to sustainable areas closer to the spawning grounds of healthy and abundant runs of wild salmon.
|JAMES||HORNER||Jim Horner||Whistler||The plan is just a plan and will adapt accordingly as the fish return. It has worked for 50 years so I recommend that more resources are spent to improve run size monitoring as they return. The Watershed Watch Video is poorly thought out. Harvesting salmon in the ocean reduces poaching opportunities and improves quality. There is no market for spawners. Commercial harvesting in the river is impossible to police as anybody with a pickup truck can poach. Why do you think we got rid of fish wiers back in the day.|
|Anonymous||Maple Ridge||I am opposed to the over-fishing of dozens of endangered wild salmon runs that is proposed as part of the 2015 fishing plans. Our wild salmon needs to be protected and well managed to ensure long-term sustainability. We
should not put short term profits ahead of long term health of wild salmon.
|Ken||Sexton||Salem||Do not overfish salmon. They are also needed by orcas.|
|Anonymous||Government short sightedness!
With the salmon farms and commercial fishing allowances this government and the DFO clearly do not understand or CARE about preservation of our wild salmon. We don't eat farmed fish! West coast fishery should be taken over by our own people in BC. The DFO has proved they just toe the government line and the Harper government hates BC!
|Mike||Akerly||I do not want to see individual races of salmon species extirpated by DFO's salmon fishing plan. DFO should be going the last mile to avoid that result.|
|Ron||Cameron||Lone Wolf||The oceans all over the world are in trouble. Acidification, overheating, over fishing, and pollution. The oceans
for decades have been overfished for profit. There are more and more dead spots in the oceans all the time.
Only a fool would think it was alright to increase fishing now. Salmon are under assault from fish farm diseases on the B.C. coast. If we kill too many species in the oceans, there will be an overall fall down of ocean life. The world population is growing and we will need to depart from old ways of food production. Ocean fishing is still not species selective enough and certainly governments that oversaw the East Coast
cod debacle should not be allowed to make further decisions on fish takes.
|Anonymous||Pender Island BC||Do you have any plans for sustainable salmon management? Please do not do more to endanger the oceans food chains. I too would like my grandchildren to have a future and selling off today's resources for a few dollars is not the way to go.|
|Robert||Curry||Gibsons||Although I am in my eighties I am interested in the long term health of our wild salmon.
Why? --- because I have family here
|Anonymous||* Endangered smaller runs of Fraser River sockeye (Cultus and Sakinaw) are threatened by an overall increased in Fraser River fishing. Interior Fraser River First Nations oppose these increases.
* Lake Babine, Gitanyow, Gitxsan, and Wet'suwet'en people oppose increased commercial fishing along the Skeena because they similarly endanger smaller, genetically distinct wild sockeye runs
* Watershed Watch has proposed alternatives to your plans - listen to them and to the First Nations of BC!
|Kath||Chapman||Pender Island||The decisions made appear to be designed to undo any gains made by previous restrictions, to ignore First Nations concerns re at risk stock and to avoid dealing with the importance of the chinook for the whales. There seems to be no adequate justification for making any of the proposed changes and I respectfully request that the proposed 2015 Fishing Plan NOT be implemented for the above reasons.|
|Anonymous||Dalhousie University||Victoria||We need Pacific salmon management that considers the interaction and role of all salmon populations, not just those exploited by fisheries. The proposed increases in fishing pressure in areas where depleted populations co-migrate with those able to withstand fishing pressure also increases impacts to these depleted populations. This clearly goes against DFO's mandate of conserving BC's Wild salmon populations and of achieving sustainable salmon fisheries to ensure stocks are available in the future.
Reduction and loss of smaller salmon runs has cascading consequences; including compromising the overall genetic diversity of BC's wild salmon species, reducing their ability to adapt to future changes induced by climate change, and has implications for the ecosystems supported by these salmon runs, including marine, aquatic and terrestrial systems.
Fisheries can continue on healthy target stocks where selective fishing techniques are used to reduce impact on endangered stocks without reducing catch of target species. Our fisheries managers need to focus on investing in and improving these fishing techniques before increasing fishing pressure.
|Brooke||Watson||Victoria||I was a deck hand on 42 foot freezer troller in the summers of '94 and '95 and I chose that fishery because I thought it was 'selective'. I did learn otherwise. An example was on the outside of Haida Gwaii we left rafts of edible, tasty, red snappers floating around - dead - near the shore because we were selectively keeping salmon.
There is always 'bycatch' and todays' fisherman cannot afford for their grandchildren to have no fish stocks at all. Please think longer than an election cycle!
|leslie||mcbain||Pender Ocean Defenders||DFO - please look at the whole picture here, not just the bald economics. Be intelligent and act with foresight. Protecting wild salmon has ramifications far beyond the consideration you are taking. Protect this 'resource' and you will have protected entire ecosystems. Please!!!|
|Soren||Henrich||Watershed Moment||Victoria||What safeguards are in the 2015 Salmon Fishing Plan to prevent over-fishing and allow salmon to re-populate?
How does this year's 2015 Salmon Fishing Plan fit into a long term plan to ensure sustainable wild salmon fisheries in perpetuity?
How does the 2015 Salmon Fishing Plan protect, ensure herring and other fish feedstock repopulation complete and in tandem with salmon feedstock requirements?
|Deborah||Quitzau||Pender Island||Fraser River chinook are severely depleted and this is the MAIN food source of SARA established Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales.
DFO should increase protection of early-timed Fraser chinook, which are an important food resource for endangered southern resident killer whales during a crucial survival period.
SOLUTION: Reduce the daily take limit in the recreational fishery in Zone 1 management from 2 to 1 during the spring period.
|Anonymous||I am concerned that the government is sanctioning irresponsible practices that will have detrimental long term effects on wild salmon. Salmon farms are not a fail safe alternative to natural salmon. The entire ecosystem locally and abroad depends on the health of natural salmon. Please be sensible. Implement sustainable fishing practices so that we will not use the depletion of wild salmon as an excuse for more harmful salmon farms!|
|Anonymous||there is an epidemic of over fishing on many type of fish but specifically all salmon. No more fishing!|
|Larry||Haines||Non||North vancouver||A little background: I came from a family of commercial fishermen and my late father said he would arrange for me to skipper a boat for salmon seining after I supplied him with a university degree. He said in 1968 that the fishery was so mis managed and the devastation by the logging companies so great that the whole fishery would collapse. Now with global warming, and total disregard for the environment by the Conservatives we are in dire straits. Cut back on the commercial fishery for 2015 and cut the fish farms by 10 percent each year. Give the pacific salmon a chance. As a long time conservative I am seriously thinking of changIng my vote this year. The conservatives only listen to the lobbyists and no one else|
|warren||douglas||5th generation BC resident||Too many salmon runs are in peril. DFO should not allow mixed stock commercial harvests to continue to decimate these runs.
Allowing for an increase while stock returns are in decline is absolute stupidity.
|Anonymous||VANCOUVER||WAKE UP! We need to protect our endangered wild salmon and ensure that over-fishing is not allowed in British Columbia. I urge the government to protect the environment above any economic short term gain. Lets work towards the protection of wild salmon so that our descendants can enjoy this magnificent specie. Wild (not farmed) salmon represents and touches so many of us culturally, artistically and gastronomically!|
|Martin||Swain||Port Moody||I have strong objections to the increased amount of commercially caught salmon that has been approved by the conservative government. I believe that the conservative government does not care about our wild salmon stocks and only want to see economic growth. I am a conservative and have always voted conservative, but if these plans go forward I will not be voting for the conservative party. We need someone to stop the salmon stocks from dwindling, by closing the farmed open pen farming and reducing the commercial cath to allow our endangered salmon stocks to recover.|
|Thomas||Hackney||I am concerned about the over-fishing of salmon in BC. The quotas set for fishing should be set on a precautionary basis, i.e. ensuring the safety of salmon stocks. I am against expanding the commercial fishery.|
|Brian||McKinlay||Silversides Fishing Adventures||Vancouver||I am deeply concerned with the shift to move away from protecting endangered and weak stocks. There is NO sustainability factor in the 2015 draft. This is appalling. Leave the Interior Coho alone!
If there are surpluses then the first priority needs to be more on sport fishing and less on commercial. Asuming First Nations quotas are met. Sport fishing generates more $$. Start recognizing that. We're so sick of paying the price for your screwups.
|Neil||Laffra||The numbers have been tossed in the gov't. face a thousand time, and yet you steadfastly bow to the greedy industry ..."gimme money now..forget about the grandchildren"!
I, among hundreds of others across the province and country, work our butts off in VOLUNTEER POSITIONS trying desperately to stay ahead of the organized slaughter of the wild fish (and by defaults THAT VERY INDUSTRY) by raising and releasing into the wild tens of thousands of young Salmon. Will all this be in vain? Will YOUR grandchildren ever get to see the majesty of Wild Salmon, the wildlife feeding off them, the forests nourished by the remains ? Will all First Nations be left to die without their staple food, their spiritual source?
What is left if you permit all these disasters, and for WHAT?? For pennies? The biggest gripe is that you allow decimation of the Wild Salmon while, out of the taxpayer's pockets no less, SUPPORT FINANCIALLY OUT-of- Canada Corporations ( primarily Norway!) who insist on choking those salmon left, the very young salmon that I and hundreds of others help raise.
How can you honestly look at a mirror and not cry!!
|Jack||Cooley||Squamish, BC||Obviously, stop the overfishing, especially reduce the the Herring roe fishery.. Secondly, adopt Judge Cohen,s major recommendation: that is have DFO be responsible for wild fish only and create another ministry responsible for aquaculture. And then reduce the number of open net fish farms to near zero and encourage closed containment fish farms.|
|Anonymous||I applaud efforts by DFO to fish as many salmon as safe for conservation in the ocean. Please do not be too influenced by sports fishermen and their well funded lobbying groups; they do not take into account the nutrition and food value of salmon. The weight goes down as fish move upriver, there is loss from in-river mortality and worse of all the omega-3 and other oil content goes down by about 80% from ocean caught to terminal caught salmon fillets. Justice Cohen recommended a review of the move to upriver fisheries saying there was no evidence that they were necessary for conservation.
I really worry that special interest groups worried about access to their sports fish are robbing Canadians of a rich nutritious food which can be fished sustainably in the ocean.
|Alan||Weir||Brampton||Feds propose increasing commercial exploitation of endangered wild salmon!|
I am writing in concern to the proposed increases to fishing of the Pacific Salmon. I am concerned that the fishery as it stands will not be able to adequately distinguish between the healthy and endangered stocks of fish.
|Anonymous||Too much over fishing already...already Alaskans are taking too much...we will loose this resource all together unless we retrench and let the salmon stock build up again. Fisheries should already be concerned re lack of snow pack...where will the salmon breed if there is little or no water in the streams?|
|Anonymous||Zeballos,BC||Too little salmon|
|Dale||Roscovich||DFO is in corporate pockets?
Re meme easy coast cod
Precautionary principle please
|Anonymous||Maple Ridge, BC||Please excuse my lack of faith, but currently the DFO has not earned any different. Your track record does not enable you to ignore your own scientists and I believe you have not consulted with First Nations enough, the major share holder in these stocks. Salmon is a foundation species on our west coast, so many species depending on these stocks, not to mention the complex benefits they supply to our ecosystems. You have allowed way to much salmon fishing to date, please improve your science, listen to First Nations error on the side of caution.|
|tammy||french||maple ridge||Stop ruining the plant!!!|
|Anonymous||Smithers||Well I am off the opinion that this all gear to wipe out the fishery so they can say well oil and gas will keep our economies afloat here in the North west of BC. There is no such a thing as fish protection in the DFO these days, they have been gutted.|
|Troy||dolynchuk||this is the dumbest thing I ever heard. Just when things are starting to look good out there, the Feds want to go ahead and ruin it? How pathetic can you get?|
|Anonymous||our eco systems are being taken for granted, they need to be cared for and protected to ensure there is a future of them....this over fishing is ridiculous and will continue to destroy what we have....it's not ours to take as we want....it belongs to our children and we cannot replace what we have destroyed....|
|Anonymous||We need to scale back on the commercial fishery first to study the stocks. We cannot assume the fish stocks are rising by using science.|
|Leanne||Nutt||Rather than increasing fishing impacts, DFO should be promoting the use of lower-impact fishing methods that will allow fishermen to reduce their impact on endangered coho without reducing their target catch. In particular, DFO should approve the proposals from the lower Fraser River gillnet fleet to experiment with shallow seine gear.|
|Anonymous||mission||Even a person paying for a charter to go catch and kill fish on the ocean is commercial fishing but at the end of the day it does decifer between a fish having a choice to bite or to not and when you put a net out there is no choice at all for any species...the biggest problem with commercial fishing in my opinion is the world wide demand for BC fish...cash cow..obviously fish farms will never ho away so let those fish go overseas and other countries and keep our wild salmon within Canada for people who cannot fish themselves...
No nets in any river or ocean
Commercial trolling only..
Native food fisheries only by nets
|Anonymous||My concerns are for the DFO to smarten up and please do the right thing..Let certain fisheries recover to sustainable levels and just fish where the stocks can handle the pressure,,Whats wrong with this? It's really not hard to figure out..I realize allot (many decades) of Marine Science has been destroyed by the Feds..but most of this issue is just plain common sense.|
|Anonymous||Courtenay||The fishing plan does not take into account the number of people who are dependent on wild salmon a large part of their staple diet. We need wild salmon to feed out families. Fishing for the sake of exporting and fishing to feed farmed salmon is false economics. We are supposed to be striving for sustainability. Your job is to make sure we have healthy seas and a food chain that is not disrupted by commercial interests. Our First Nations people are best at managing our dwindling stocks and their input is essential. Listen to them!|
|Anonymous||My family.||Smithers||While I understand the economics challenges facing commercial fishermen and the corporations who control them, our wild salmon runs are too important to be put at risk so a relatively few people can make money. Our grandchildren deserve much better.|
|John||Jones||Surrey||We have seen great fluctuation in returns from one year to another for our salmon species over the last few decades. I have witnessed a number of years where we could not sport fish due to over-fishing, unexplained absences of fish, declined bait fish numbers and non-scientific political decision making. It takes years to stabilize a fishery. Tourist dollars are extremely low in the recreational sector as there is no predictability of returns and when an opening happens, it has to be a last minute decision for escapement measures that is timed with commercial net fisheries that literally "Empty" surrounding ocean and river waters of fish. I have witnessed on numerous occasions following a commercial fishery we will go from catching a "Limit" of fish on the coast to almost nothing within a few hours. Inland fisheries (when open) such as the Chilliwack area will go from seeing 10-15 people with bent rods (of a total of 50 anglers) along a 1/2 mile of beach to perhaps 0-5 fish per hour 24 hours later following the commercial opening.
Conservation has to be first and foremost. Wait and make sure that returns are recovering. This means waiting for at least 2-3 return cycles (8-12 years) before adjustments should be considered. If adjustments are warranted, make them small and calculated with the ability to rescind the decision.
|Paul||Arthur||We need to sustain our salmon for future generations. Stop commercial fishing, fish farms etc. Indeginous people rely on fish for tradition and are very sustainable if following traditional methods and laws. Work with salmon activists and sciebtists, public and indeginous people.|
|Myrna||Franke||Vancouver||We must avoid the mistakes of the East Coast cod fishery collapse.
In addition, we disagree with fish-farms.
|Lillian||Varcoe||Nanaimo||DFO has allowed fish farms to increase in numbers in areas where the wild salmon migrate which has added to the problems for wild stocks. Now, you want to increase salmon fishing quotas. Your department is out of touch with the reality of fishing stocks on this coast. Your ignorance is what brought the demise of the great Atlantic cod fishery.
I have lived on this coast all of my life and seen salmon runs decrease. DFO should be working to preserve salmon stocks for the future rather than the short term enhancing of pocketbooks for commercial fishermen.
|Anonymous||my concern is the fact that sport fishers have got too much say in the industry. money will not replace fish. this industry has gotten away with abusing the fishery since they were established. i have seen the abuse first hand as a guide and as a commercial fisher.
the catch limits for the sport industry must be lowered, if they want this fishery to last they need to actively protect it too. not abuse it...i worked at one lodge where i had caught the clients that i was guiding, their limit but i got in trouble because they wanted to go back out fishing and magically some of the fish i had caught for them had disappeared so they were able to go back out fishing and catch and kill more fish than the limits.
i know this happens a lot in the industry...time to say no more abuse and think of the future of the fish and respect it....
|Shane||Bradley||Cobble Hill||I strongly oppose increases to harvest in southern waters where endangered sockeye,cohoe,and low population runs of springs could be effected. It seems management of pacific fish is going backwards. I also disagree with the increase in harvest in the skeena area,these sockeye cannot take a increased harvest in several tributaries and the steelhead certainly can't either.|
|Bryan||Ramage||The proposed changes to fishing plans for 2015 erode protection for dozens of endangered salmon runs. These changes certainly do not echo your mandate of providing 'the highest priority in resource management decision making.'.
Please don't ruin the West Coast in the same manner as you ruined the East Coast.
|Anonymous||Heiltsuk member||Bella Bella||1.Over fishing
2. Mismanagement of this fishery by DFO
3. Protect the stocks
4. The people's voices need to be heard not ignored.
5. Save the wild salmon
|Jenefer||Smalley||Fish and Wildlife Recreation BCIT||Langley||There is an unnerving feeling with all the lack of transparency and concern for Wild Fisheries. This is a growing concern for the public as the trust in our DFO, Provincial, and Federal government is almost completely gone. The scientists are muzzled and wild fish are not a high priority because they do not have a high economical value like the farmed fish. The public is highly suspicious that the government would rather do away with wild fish to promote salmon farms and dirty energy extraction. This government is continuing to fail the public of BC and Canada and it has not gone unnoticed. DO NOT FISH for endangered runs of Salmon, Herring or any other fish species on this coast!!! This government is one sided and extremely unbalanced. Shame on you.|
|Anonymous||Sointula||We need to protect our wild salmon stocks. We are dependent on the ocean, the ocean dependent on the balance. It is not about food product, or economy. It is the survival of the human race. Those of us at desks in control need to educate themselves regarding the environment. We may be one of the last generations. We need to take heed of our natural resources.|
|Anonymous||Penticton||Any plan that further degrades the wild salmon stocks in B.C. shows total disregard of our precious resource.
Please conserve for future generations now. An election is coming and it's time for a leader that will listen to the will of the people regarding resources and conservation.
|Anonymous||Calgary||there are many more species that rely on salmon for the bulk of their diet (Killer whales, Stellar sealions to name a couple), and they need ALL of the salmon runs to be healthy, up and down the coast and all year around. Let's think about them too!|
|warren||douglas||5th generation BE resident||Stop the mixed stock fisheries until ALL the native salmon runs in peril have a chance to rebuild. Clearly your DFO planning is not scientific enough!!|
|Sam||Saprunoff||Victoria, B.C.||Does the DFO really know what they are doing? I have only been fishing salmon for the last 10 years but even with that limited knowledge it is easy to see that there are not enough herring to feed Salmon and Killer Whales! Please wake up, stop this insane fishery, before the salmon stocks are completely decimated. You need to take care of the fishery that produces the most for our economy, recreational fisheries, not commercial fisheries.|
|Francois||Salvert||We need to better protect fishes and sea life. This does not sound at all like a good plan.|
|Juan||Ayala||Burnaby||the way how the Feds are running the DFO ,there will be no fish in the future.|
|Anonymous||Coquitlam||We need to reduce, if not completely STOP the commercial fishing boats from sweeping our rivers clean every year. It is beyond obvious that all fish species are in decline and that a miracle needs to happen if we are to see rebounding abundance as in times long past. The salmon are a vital part of the cycle of life as they feed the forests, rivers and all the critters as well as the people who have subsisted on these fish for times immemorial. Stop the madness of this psychopathic near-sighted gluttonous self-annihilation that is the never ceasing ecocide of our planet!|
|Ray||S||many small runs are at stake, predicted poor to disastrous conditions further hamper returns. Let them spawn is the only logical course of action.|
|Anonymous||Kaslo||The long term health of wild Salmon is crucial. Remember the COD!!! Back off from overfishing . The Salmon run is supportive of all life and between Fukushima and a sick Ocean, as well as fish farms spreading waste and sea lice etc. the Salmon need our protection not exploitation.|
|Anonymous||between the over fishing from commercial and the toxic fish farms there will be no fish left in 20 years
I've fished for 20 years on the west coast and seen nothing but a decline in chinook stocks and if it wasn't for Washington state and their hatchery program it would be even worse.
Cut the quotas and raise the price and everything stays the same and lose the fish farm. NORWAY
Say ur taking ur wife to the hospital to give birth to ur kids and u have go by a sess pool like the farm , she and ur unborn are gonna get very sick
|Anonymous||surrey||Its time to look after these stocks and let them reproduce
To rebuild these runs. Its not the recreational fishing that is raping stocks. Selective fishing is the way to go but it also needs to be watched carefuly. Esp the aboriginal fisheries to stop the wasted fish left rotting under tarps and in totes along the river. Evey yr gets a little worse for the wasted rotten fish just because they are allowed too.
|Anonymous||This information defiantly makes me conserned !!! If u grant the comershall fishers then the salmon do not get down stream where many families threw out our province get there food for tiger families and our sports fishing as persay !!! Food fishing for my family !! Get cut off because of these big boats that clear out all the runs before they even get to a river to spawn :/ I am not pleased !!!|
|Anonymous||Salmon need to bounce back. Go in a salmon profit recession for 4 years. You'll make it back. Greed kills and DFO is buying! Enough!|
|elise||moser||I am concerned that endangered runs are not being protected assertively enough. We have a responsibility to preserve salmon populations -- so much rests on them.|
|Chris||Carter||Over-fishing of endangered wild salmon runs is being proposed in this year's official salmon fishing plans. British Columbians overwhelmingly support sustainable fishing practices that don't damage endangered salmon runs and Canada's Wild Salmon Policy states that conservation of wild salmon and their habitats is 'the highest priority in resource management decision making.' But the proposed changes to fishing plans for 2015 erode protection for dozens of endangered salmon runs.|
|Natalie||Hunter||squamish||Salmon are a keystone species in this bioregion. We must prioritize their safety, health, and sustainability for not only their benefit, but the benefit of the animals, water, and humans who live in the bioregion now and for generations to come.
Current commercial fishing practices are already beyond nature's capacity to sustain. Increasing those limits it reckless, irresponsible and extremely short sighted.
Do NOT threaten BC's salmon for short-term economic gain.
|Anonymous||We are already being told that the Pacific Northwest waters are 90% depleted due to overfishing. It's time to let stocks rebuild all along the coast.|
|Anonymous||Victoria||DFO's 2015 fishing plan indiscriminately allows an increase in fishing on endangered salmon runs. Please revise the plan to ensure endangered salmon are protected by looking at other fishing options; e.g. research into low-impact fishing methods (e.g. shallow seine gear), reducing recreational daily limits in zones of concern, stock-selective selective fishing.|
|Anonymous||Terrace||There is no scientific basis upon which the proposed increasing harvest rate decisions are being made. DFO is acting in the interest of a narrow lobby instead of following and fulfilling its own mandate and policies. Nothing has changed since 2009 in the Skeena, so why abandon the recommendations made by an independent scientific panel? What is the scientific catalyst for this decision?|
|Anonymous||Courtenay||End all herring fisheries, protect beaches for forage fish and create Terminal Selective Fisheries.
Rehabilitate natural riverine habitats and support science-based enhancement.
Take all commercial aquaculture salmon farming out of the reach of outmigrating fry.
Support your own StreamKeeper programming and CIP as these programs give you such bang for the buck!
Absolutely prevent mixed fisheries where endangered stocks are present.
|Anonymous||Watershed Watch Salmon Society||The fishing plan erodes protection for dozens of endangered salmon runs at a time when we need to be giving them MORE protection. DFO should be promoting truly selective and sustainable fisheries, not the antiquated and harmful fisheries that will benefit from this short-sighted fishing plan. The proposed plans are not in the public interest.|
|Anonymous||Ms.||Loveland||Leave Salmon alone for 5 years --- Then investigate numbers....determine if feasible to remove salmon without affecting neighboring wildlife and native consumption.|
|Anonymous||none, retired nurse||Victoria||The same thing applies as applied to the herring kill fishery recently. First Nations MUST be consulted and their recommendations followed, both in respect to amounts taken, closures, and, perhaps most importantly, the deleterious nature of the proliferating fish farms. I am not in a position to give you expert information on the diseases and death the pollution from these farms is causing to the smelts and the adult spawning population, but that information is available. DFO is in a completely unacceptable conflict of interest position in having a mandate to preserve and protect fish stocks AND promote or turn a blind eye to the ravages of corporate fish farming and harvesting. These polluting open pen operations should be removed immediately from the migration routes of spawning salmon. If industry wants to farm fish, which is a ludicrous idea in my view, then they MUST move these operations inland and do what any other farmers do which is clean up their animals manure!! That, and put First Nations in charge of monitoring harvesting rather than for profit industrial fishing like J Pattison's huge interest. He doesn't need any more money and the entire coast needs the salmon, herring etc. Particularly these two species as they are keystone species and at the base of the food chain for so many of the other animals, like whales, bears etc etc.
PLEASE, do the right thing and reign in industry and listen to First Nations
|Trisha||Hall||I am concerned that the proposed changed for the 2015 fishing plan are a big step backwards when we should be shifting to more selective fishing practices that allow healthy salmon runs to be harvested while protecting weaker stocks. Current mixed stock fishing practices put short-term profits ahead of the long-term health of our wild salmon.|