Draft Groundfish Integrated Fisheries Management Plan for review

Comments due by January 8, 2019 The Groundfish Management Unit has prepared a draft Pacific Region Groundfish Integrated Fisheries Management Plan (IFMP) for the 2019/20 fishing season. We invite your input to this draft IFMP. The updated draft IFMP has now been posted to an ftp site and is available for review at the address…

Many BC south coast Chinook populations listed under COSEWIC

COSEWIC released it most recent wildlife Species Assessment today. The assessment covers south coast Chinook including Fraser River, Thompson River, Vancouver Island and Southern Mainland populations. Eight populations of Chinook were listed as endangered, four populations were listed as threatened, one population was listed as special concern, two as data deficient and one as not…

MCC provides feedback on Thompson and Chilcotin River steelhead

Subject: Support for listing Thompson & Chilcotin River steelhead under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. Released: November 29, 2018 To: Species at Risk Program, Pacific Region On November 29th, 2018, the MCC Salmon Committee provided support for listing Thompson & Chilcotin River steelhead under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. The submission provides answers to the questions…

$105 million for Restoration and Innovation

Statement of PSF President and CEO Dr. Brian Riddell Regarding Fall Economic Update, New Wild Salmon Investments Wild salmon and those of us who care deeply about them got some great news in federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s Fall Economic Update. We were delighted to hear Minister Morneau announce major new investments to sustain Canada’s…

Canada’s salmon hold the key to saving its killer whales

Desperate efforts to save the whales – and the Chinook salmon on which they depend – risk fishing communities losing a way of life. The Guardian, 12 November 2018 Days before the start of the summer fishing season, when guides and outfitters on Canada’s west coast gamble their financial prospects for the year, fishing lodge…

Federal government rejects emergency order to protect killer whales

The Canadian Press November 2, 2018 Story from the Times Colonist VANCOUVER — The federal government has declined to issue an emergency order under the Species at Risk Act that would further protect the endangered killer whales off British Columbia’s coast. An order-in-council issued Thursday said the government has already taken several measures to ensure…

Federal government announces new measures for killer whale protection

The National Post, October 31, 2018 VANCOUVER — The federal government wants to create new ocean sanctuaries in British Columbia as part of an additional $61.5 million it is spending to protect endangered killer whales. Fisheries and Oceans Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Wednesday the government also wants to create new areas of critical habitat off the…

Bureaucrats express concern about BC salmon stock tracking

Original story in the Globe and Mail, October 14 Available online here. Rick Collins/The Globe and Mail Senior public servants in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans are worried the department has lost the ability to keep track of salmon species other than sockeye – including the Chinook critical to the survival of the endangered…

Cohen Response Status Update – October 2018

Announced during the International Year of the Salmon event on October 11 in Vancouver, a new update on the Cohen Commission recommendations has been released. See details below. In 2009, Canada established the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River (Cohen Commission) to investigate the decline of sockeye…

Wild Salmon Policy 2018 to 2022 Implementation Plan

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has released the final version of the Wild Salmon Policy 2018 to 2022 Implementation Plan. Message from the minister: As Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, it is my pleasure to present the Wild Salmon Policy 2018-2022 Implementation Plan. This Plan does not focus…

Wild Salmon Advisory Council report published in support of B.C.’s wild salmon

BC’s Wild Salmon Advisory Council Report was released today. News Release posted on the Province of British Columbia’s website: The first step in the development of a renewed provincial approach to protecting and enhancing wild salmon, the Wild Salmon Advisory Council report, was made public to coincide with the start of the International Year of…

Will new fisheries minister respect salmon science?

Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson should support changes to the way his department treats the science around salmon. Policy Options, October 4 by Stan Proboszcz and Craig Orr Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled several cabinet positions in July, including the fisheries portfolio. Jonathan Wilkinson, MP for North Vancouver, BC, is now the first West Coast member…

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Science Advisory Report on Chilcotin River and Thompson River Steelhead

Recovery Potential Assessment for Chilcotin River and Thompson River Steelhead Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) designatable units Summary This Recovery Potential Assessment (RPA) focuses on the Chilcotin and Thompson River Designatable Units (DU) of Steelhead Trout. Both of these DUs were assessed as Endangered by COSEWIC in an emergency assessment in January 2018. The estimated number of…

Feedback required on Thompson and Chilcotin Steelhead Trout: potential emergency listing under SARA

Thompson and Chilcotin Steelhead Trout: consultation on the potential emergency listing under the Species at Risk Act The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) has performed an emergency assessment of both the Thompson and Chilcotin Steelhead Trout populations (or Designatable Units [DUs]) and found them to be endangered. Following an emergency…

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DFO releases Final 2018-2019 Integrated Fisheries Management Plans

Today the Department of Fisheries and Oceans released the final versions of the Northern and Southern Integrated Fisheries Management Plans (IFMPs). These documents contain information on the management approaches and decision guidelines for all species, management unites and major fishery areas. Northern IFMP Letter 2018. For the full IFMPs: North Coast IFMP South Coast IFMP