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Discussion in 'Important Meetings, Derbys and SFBC Get Togethers' started by Derby, Aug 17, 2016.

  1. Derby

    Derby Crew Member

    September 26, 2019


    Marked Selective Fisheries
    Many challenges faced yet a clear path to stable, reliable opportunity


    We are now in full election mode and many issues are competing for the attention of voters and candidates. Asking key fish and fishery questions during the coming weeks is critical to keep our issues being discussed and considered by politicians and the public alike. There is no doubt that the outcome of this election will play a key role in the future of our fishery.

    Coastwide Chinook Fishing and Returns
    It has been falsely claimed that Chinook salmon as a species are either endangered or at risk of extinction in Canada. This is simply not true. Those that try to argue this are badly misinformed or are blatantly trying to misinform the public for questionable motives. Not only is the claim inaccurate, it is extremely damaging to BC's reputation and the public understanding of what is happening on our coast and river systems. Many BC Chinook runs this year are either way above average or even at historic highs, as evidenced by what was seen in tidal waters this summer and in the huge returns many of our rivers have experienced this fall.

    There are Chinook stocks of concern in the mid to upper Fraser River and on the Skeena River that are in serious decline. These stocks deserve attention and defined plans to aid in restoration of their habitat and enhancement. It is these Chinook stocks that are affecting access to much more abundant Chinook runs that are available all over the Pacific coast.

    Marked Selective Fisheries - A Simple Solution
    Is there a way to protect and consider the Chinook stocks of concern while still allowing opportunity to fish for abundant stocks? Yes, there is a solution! Anglers can fish selectively. Before removing a fish from the water it can easily be determined if a Chinook is wild, and therefore potentially from a stock of concern, or is produced for harvest in a government or volunteer hatchery system. Canada produces over 35 million hatchery Chinook every year and in Washington State the number is more than 150 million. These hatchery produced Chinook salmon are intended to provide fisheries all along our coast and river systems. Unfortunately, in Canada only about 10% of these fish are “marked” by the removal of the adipose fin, a small fin on the back between the dorsal fin and tail. When circumstances require it, a fishery that retains only these marked Chinook while releasing all wild Chinook would protect stocks of concern. And, marking 100% of the fish Canada already produces will properly identify the abundance of hatchery fish and would provide a dramatic increase in harvest opportunity in many areas of the coast. This is particularly the case in areas hit hard by Chinook restrictions in 2019. This is without producing any more hatchery Chinook than we currently do!

    So, mark all hatchery Chinook (mass marking), provide marked hatchery fish only fisheries for the public which moves harvest away from stocks of concern, and embark on intensive habitat protection and strategic enhancement to rebuild troubled stocks. Its not rocket science but does cost money and requires a genuine spirit of sharing amongst all Canadians. Adjusting the public fishery to harvest marked Chinook is not hard and is only limited by the political will to make it happen.

    We urge all SFI members to make candidates understand that the public fishery is important to you and your community. Get out there, ask about Marked Selective Fisheries and other fishery questions too. Make sure local politicians understand that the public fishery is important to their riding, that their feedback on these important issues is vitally important, and that their responses will be held to account following the election.


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    Wild First - Candidate Pledge Tracker
    One week ago, Wild First announced and launched an election time campaign in pursuit of greater protections for wild Pacific salmon: the B.C. Candidate Pledge Tracker. In that short time, 39 BC candidates have signed the pledge so far.

    We encourage you to check on the status of the Candidate Pledge Tracker, it is updated daily, and to urge all candidates to sign the pledge.

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    Annual Policy Conference and Big Splash Fundraiser - November 15
    Tickets to our Annual Policy Conference and Big Splash Fundraiser are on sale now.

    Buy your tickets early and be entered to win 2 tickets to a Vancouver Canucks game on November 14th, the evening before the Conference and Splash. More details to follow about both events.

    We look forward to seeing you on November 15th for our Annual Policy Conference, the 2019 theme is Striving for Certainty and Stability, and the Big SplashGala and Fundraiser is at the Vancouver Convention Centre - West.



    Until next time, tight lines,
    The SFI Team
     
  2. wildmanyeah

    wildmanyeah Crew Member

    I keep on seeing habitat being mentioned with respect to Upper Fraser chinook. Yet there us literally 100's km of spawning areas not being used because there simply is not fish to spawn in them.
     
  3. Derby

    Derby Crew Member

    October 3, 2019


    ELECTION QUESTIONS

    Many issues are competing for the attention of voters and candidates. Asking key fish and fishery questions during the coming weeks is critical to keep our issues being discussed and considered by politicians and the public. Regardless of who or which party is elected, ensuring that the government understands, supports and is willing to invest in the future of our fishery and the resources that it depends upon has never been more important.

    It is critical that our elected officials are made aware of and and asked to support initiatives that maintain and, where necessary and possible, rebuild salmon populations in order to avoid a repeat of the harmful and, in many cases, unnecessary restrictions that were imposed on fisheries on the South Coast in 2019.

    Healthy, abundant salmon stocks and the fisheries they support are vitally important to many British Columbians. With over 300,000 individuals who purchase recreational fishing licenses each year, the effects, impacts and benefits to small communities and businesses from access to sustainable resources is socially and economically vital to BC.

    Here are some key points that every potential MP should be asked to address and provide a position for.

    Ask your local candidates: Do you and your party:

    • Support the use of hatchery-based enhancement to either maintain or rebuild salmon populations at a level that will support vibrant, healthy, sustainable fisheries?
    • Support the use of Mass Marking and Mark Selective Fisheries as a way to provide access to abundant stocks of hatchery produced salmon and avoid wild stocks of concern?
    • Support the need for government to enforce existing laws and regulations that protect salmon habitat, and invest in habitat rehabilitation initiatives to promote long term sustainability?
    • Support the idea of science-based predator control in specific areas to address the impacts that predators are having on juvenile and adult salmon stocks?
    • Understand the importance of the public fishery to your riding, and the impact that a lack of certainty and stability in regulations and access has on businesses and citizens who either support or participate in the fishery?
    • Understand that fishery resources are a common property resource, managed by the Federal Government at tax-payers expense for the benefit of all Canadians, and are willing to support the idea that all Canadians should be able to benefit from those resources in a meaningful way?
    A Commitment to Move Open Net Pen Salmon Farms to Closed Containment by 2025
    Some excellent progress has been made in making the case for the importance of salmon and salmon habitat. Three of the four main parties have agreed that a plan will be developed to transition from open net pen salmon farming in coastal waters to to closed containment by 2025. While it is an election time promise, it is a positive step and should be commended. For more details about open net salmon farming issues and where candidates and parties stand please visit Wild First and the Pledge Tracker.

    Perspectives on Public Fishery and the Election
    Please see the Island Fisherman Magazine election poll for some perspectives on how the public fishery issues are being or should be addressed in the election dialogue. Provide your thoughts and perspectives too.

    LET THEM KNOW!
    Please take the time to make candidates understand that the public fishery is important to you and your community. Get out there, ask about Marked Selective Fisheries and other fishery questions too. Make sure local politicians understand that the public fishery is important to their riding, that their feedback on these important issues is vitally important, and that their responses will be held to account following the election.

    BACKGROUND
    The BC public fishery and related businesses produce $1.1 billion in annual sales, create more than 9000 jobs and 3,950 person-years of employment resulting in a $398 million contribution to the province’s Gross Domestic Product. The sport fishery is the single largest economic driver of all B.C. fisheries, even though anglers take only 15% of the annual halibut catch and less than 10% of the annual salmon harvest.

    MARK SELECTIVE FISHERIES (MSF)
    Coast Wide Chinook Fishing and Returns

    It has been falsely claimed that Chinook salmon as a species are either endangered or at risk of extinction in Canada. This is simply not true. Those that try to argue this are badly misinformed or are blatantly trying to misinform the public for questionable motives. Not only is the claim inaccurate, it is extremely damaging to BC's reputation and the public understanding of what is happening on our coast and river systems. Many BC Chinook runs this year are either way above average or even at historic highs, as evidenced by what was seen in tidal waters this summer and in the huge returns many of our rivers have experienced this fall.

    There are Chinook stocks of concern in the mid to upper Fraser River and on the Skeena River that are in serious decline. These stocks deserve attention and defined plans to aid in restoration of their habitat and enhancement. It is these Chinook stocks that are affecting access to much more abundant Chinook runs that are available all over the Pacific coast.

    Mark Selective Fisheries - A Simple Solution
    Anglers can fish selectively, harvest can be moved away from wild stocks. When and where necessary, wild salmon can be released if encountered when pursuing more abundant marked Chinook. Before removing a salmon from the water it can easily be determined if it is wild, and therefore potentially from a stock of concern, or it was produced for harvest in a government or volunteer hatchery system. Canada produces over 35 million hatchery Chinook every year and in Washington State the number is more than 150 million. These hatchery produced Chinook salmon are intended to provide fisheries all along our coast and river systems. At this time in Canada only about 10% of these fish are “marked” by the removal of the adipose fin, a small fin on the back between the dorsal fin and tail. Mass marking 100% of the fish Canada already produces will properly identify the abundance of hatchery fish and would provide a dramatic increase in harvest opportunity in many areas of the coast. This is particularly the case in areas hit hard by Chinook restrictions in 2019. And, this is without producing any more hatchery Chinook than we currently do!

    Marking all hatchery Chinook (mass marking), providing for marked only fisheries for the public to move harvest away from stocks of concern, and initiating intensive habitat protection and strategic enhancement plans to rebuild troubled stocks are all required. These are not complicated adjustments or plans but they do require dedicated funds and a genuine spirit of sharing between all Canadians. Adjusting the public fishery to harvest marked Chinook is not hard and is only limited by the political will to make it happen.



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    ANNUAL POLICY CONFERENCE AND BIG SPLASH FUNDRAISER - NOVEMBER 15

    Early Bird tickets to our Annual Policy Conference and Big Splash Fundraiser are on sale now. Buy your tickets early and be entered to win 2 tickets to a Vancouver Canucks game on November 14th, the evening before the Conference and Splash. More details to follow about both events.

    We look forward to seeing you on November 15th for our Annual Policy Conference, the 2019 theme is Striving for Certainty and Stability, and the Big SplashGala and Fundraiser is at the Vancouver Convention Centre - West.



    Until next time, tight lines,
    The SFI Team
     
  4. wayne marwood

    wayne marwood Crew Member

    Keep up the great work
     
  5. Derby

    Derby Crew Member

  6. wildmanyeah

    wildmanyeah Crew Member

    Wow big thanks for preparing all this on a webpage
     
  7. Derby

    Derby Crew Member

    it was a great day event this year.. lots of good stuff here :)
     
  8. Derby

    Derby Crew Member

    December 19, 2019

    Season’s Greetings!

    Where did 2019... the decade go?...

    As we wind up an eventful year there are many things developing for the public fishery in BC in 2020. But, most of all and regardless of what is happening around us, we will start and finish this note with best wishes to you and yours for the holidays and a Happy New Year!


    Big Splash and Conference
    The 2019 Big Splash and Conference came and went, and many positive actions and outcomes resulted from discussion and presentations on the day. Many of the presentations are posted on our website. Among other interesting speakers on the day, we had David Stormer of Washington State Fish and Game speak about that State's experience with Mark Selective Fisheries, the benefits of hatchery production to fishery opportunities and to aiding recovery of Chinook stocks of concern. There are many similarities and lessons that can be learned from Washington State's experience.

    Mark Selective Fisheries for 2020 and beyond
    We will be making materials widely available to make clear the suitability of mark selective fisheries and avoidance strategies, and the applicability of strategies employed and lessons learned south of the border.

    Mark Selective Fisheries allow marked hatchery salmon to be retained by anglers while unmarked salmon must be released. The SFI considers this approach, which as noted above has been successfully implemented in the USA to protect ESA listed stocks, as the only management approach which will allow the salmon fishery to survive while at the same time offering almost complete protection to endangered and threatened unmarked stocks.

    Big Bar Slide – Fraser River
    The slide and the state of the river at the site is a critical issue that must be addressed as quickly and completely as possible. It is understood that the Federal, Provincial and First Nation governments have spent a tremendous amount of time and resources to work on a solution or an interim fix in time for the returning salmon in the spring of 2020. We are hoping to see full details of the action plans in the coming weeks and to see direct work on the problem begin as soon as possible.

    The Fraser River is one of the most important and productive salmon producing rivers in the world. As many are familiar now, during the winter of 2018 a massive landslide in a remote area upstream of Big Bar resulted in a partial blockage of the river, which stopped the upstream migration of potentially millions of sockeye, coho, chum and chinook salmon. Most impacted runs will face extirpation unless the problem is fully, and completely addressed and upstream passage is restored. The river will return to spring freshet in March of 2020.

    For more information about the slide and reiterating the urgency please visit this link recently posted by the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

    SFI Membership Renewal - 2020

    January is membership renewal month. We will be sending out renewals and 2019 CTAG and SFI materials in January and February.

    SFI Membership is available anytime!


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    Fishing BC Co-op program - 2020
    A reminder that it is not too late to participate in or take advantage of the Fishing BC co-op consumer trade show and digital marketing programs. Fishing BC, a program partnering the SFI, with Destination BC, the BC Fishing Resorts and Outfitters Association and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, markets and promotes fishing in BC to out of province visitors and local anglers. Please be in touch with our office at (604) 946-0734 or by emailing info@sportfishing.bc.ca with questions or for more information as soon as possible.

    As mentioned, and as you know, there are many issues developing as 2019 ends and 2020 gets underway. We will be back in touch early in the New Year with news we learn and gather about salmon planning, expectations for halibut, yelloweye and for the continued development of the Fishing BC app as a catch data tool and an information resource for anglers.

    Once again and on behalf of the SFI board and team at the SFI, we wish you Happy Holidays, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Tight Lines,
    The SFI Team


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  9. Derby

    Derby Crew Member

    January 25, 2020


    The SFI is working on a number of fronts that are part of planning for the 2020 season. Many of the issues that emerged or developed through 2019 continue. We provide you an update on things to come and are underway as the first month of 2020 comes to a close;

    UPCOMING AND ONGOING

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    International Pacific Halibut Commission - IPHC: February 3 - February 7
    The SFI will be heading to Anchorage, AK for the Annual IPHC meetings at the beginning of February. We will attend and participate as a part of Canada's delegation, which includes commercial, First Nations and recreational fishing representatives, to negotiate halibut catch for the 2020 season. We will report on the outcome following the meetings.

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    Vancouver International Boat Show - February 5 to 9
    Check out SFI member exhibitors at the Vancouver Boat Show or catch SFI members, including Tom Davis, David Korsch and Bill Haymond, presenting at the free seminar series. A link to the seminar schedules here

    Big Bar Slide
    The Fraser River is one of the most important and productive salmon producing rivers in the world. Many are familiar, during the fall of 2018 a massive landslide in a remote area upstream of Big Bar resulted in a partial blockage of the Fraser River, which stopped the upstream migration of potentially millions of Sockeye, Coho, Chum and Chinook salmon.

    It is encouraging to know that DFO, the Province of BC and all stakeholders are working hard to enable natural fish passage past the slide for the 2020 migration. We are hopeful of timely and complete success in combination with continued work to rebuild Fraser River Chinook stocks.

    Mark Selective Fisheries (MSF) for 2020 and beyond
    In these times of challenges and concerns regarding some runs of Chinook, mark selective fisheries (MSF) allow marked hatchery salmon to be retained by anglers while unmarked salmon must be released. The SFI considers this approach, successfully implemented in the USA to protect ESA listed stocks, as the management approach which will allow the salmon fishery to survive while at the same time offering protection to endangered and threatened unmarked stocks.

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    Fishing BC Co-op program - 2020
    A reminder that it is not too late to participate in or take advantage of the Fishing BC co-op digital marketing programs. Fishing BC, a program partnering the SFI, with Destination BC, the BC Fishing Resorts and Outfitters Association and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, markets and promotes fishing in BC to out of province visitors and local anglers. Please be in touch with our office at (604) 946-0734 or by emailing info@sportfishing.bc.ca with questions or for more information.

    SFI and CTAG Membership renewal time
    As a SFI member you will, if you haven't already, receive a renewal invoice by e-mail. We thank you for your ongoing support and commit to continue to work on your behalf to maintain or improve access to sustainable fishing opportunities.

    If you aren't a member of the SFI but are interested please visit the SFI website for more information about enrollment and what we do.

    As mentioned, we'll send out an update following the IPHC meetings and with any relevant news as it happens. Expect to hear much more about Mark Selective FIshing (MSF), economic values of BC public fishery, the new look Fishing BC app and the SFI Big Spring Raffle set to launch on February 1.

    Until next time, tight lines,

    The SFI Team
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