On April 24th DFO released a package including the feedback they received on the draft Integrated Fisheries Management Plans for Salmon on the north and south coast.
The letters include feedback from a number from First Nations, harvest committees and NGOs. The package can be viewed or downloaded below.
Comments on the North and South Coast Integrated Fishing Management Plans for Salmon were due on April 20. We (the MCC Salmon committee) submitted comments on the IFMPs.
Our comments cover Chinook, sockeye, coho, pink and chum fisheries management across the province of BC, as well as on catch monitoring and compliance, hatcheries, total mortalities and Fisheries Related Incidental Mortalities, Big Bar and COVID-19 implications.
Our Chinook comments are based on feedback we provided on April 9th. The Salmon Committee of the Pacific Marine Conservation Caucus (MCC) submitted comments April 9 on fisheries affecting threatened and endangered early-timed Fraser stream types. The recommendations herein address other aspects of managing these threatened and endangered Fraser CUs, other at-risk Chinook Conservation Units in BC, the failure to meet the Wild Salmon Policy principles 1, 2, 4 and 6 which aim to protect unique attributes of Chinook diversity, abundance and distribution, and the failure to consider fishery impacts limiting the abundance of Chinook within SRKW critical habitat.
For information on the other aspects of our submission and recommendations, download the full letter.
Deadline for comments extended until April 9.
DFO released a letter detailing their 2020 Fraser River Chinook Management Approach on March 2. Comments are due by March 27th, 2020.
This letter is intended to communicate the Department’s approach for developing fisheries management actions to address conservation concerns for Fraser River Chinook over the next year.
Given the early run timing of some Fraser Chinook populations, the Department plans to implement management measures that were announced for the 2019 season beginning April 1st, 2020 as interim measures to provide time for a technical review of the 2019 fishery management measures and completion of consultations on possible adjustments to these management measures. The Department plans to meet with First Nations and established advisory groups during consultations in March and April to discuss potential adjustments to management measures, evaluate outcomes and document support for alternative management measures to support decision making. Interim measures beginning April 1st, 2020, will be in place until a decision is made surrounding future measures.
DFO has released draft Northern and Southern Integrated Fishing and Management Plans for Salmon. Comments are due by April 15th.
The MCC submitted feedback on the draft 2019/2020 Northern and Southern Integrated Fisheries and Management Plans today.
The letter details MCC’s recommendations on Fisheries Risk Assessments and Fishery Management and Catch Reporting, Chinook Fisheries and incidental mortality, Interior Fraser Coho, and sockeye, chum and pink fisheries across the province.
MCC submission re IFMP development April 2019
The draft Northern and Southern Integrated Fisheries Management Plans for Salmon in BC have been released. Comments are due by April 8.
DRAFT Southern Salmon IFMP 19-20 – February 2019
DRAFT Northern Salmon IFMP 19-20 – February 2019
The Dept. Fisheries and Oceans has released its draft Pacific Albacore Tuna Integrated Fishing Management Plan.
Comments are requested by February 15th.
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 listed below.
Read the consultation letter here.
Download the draft IFMP here.
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
On April 6th, the MCC submitted an 18-page document containing many recommendations for the 2018/19 north and south coast salmon Integrated Fishing and Management Plans (IFMPs).
Our letter discusses issues around Chinook exploitation rates, Interior Fraser Steelhead, Southern Resident Killer Whales, the Commercial Salmon Allocation Framework, Fraser River sockeye, Interior Fraser Coho, the Strategic Framework for Fishery Monitoring and Catch Reporting and Monitoring and Compliance.
Read the full letter here: MCC advice for draft 2018 Salmon IFMP April 6 Final (PDF)