Let's see if I can get this straight. Premier Horgan is blaming DFO for mismanaging salmon (chinook) stocks and that is what has led us to the suite of conservation based regulations announced this week. Where was the Premier in previous weeks, months, years while Thompson and Chilcotin steelhead were being swept under the carpet by his own Ministry of Agriculture in partnership with DFO? DFO Regional Director General Rebecca Reid is waving the chinook conservation flag in all our faces at the same time her own agency has done virtually nothing of significance to conserver the steelhead that are far worse off than any Fraser chinook stocks. Why no mention of the COSEWIC and SARA status of those steelhead Ms. Reid? Perhaps if southern resident orcas liked to dine on steelhead they'd at least stand a fighting chance? Shutting down all the Fraser River recreational fisheries is a bitter pill, to be sure. It's also one that can make a difference. BUT, what about the other in-river fishery that is far more influential? Are we being told the multiple First Nations spread between Tsawwassen and any point you wish to name upstream from Hope are going to be eliminated until sometime in August? Can we see the evidence any such conservation measures will be monitored and enforced? If the FN fisheries in the Fraser are constrained until late August, what happens afterward? Might I suggest the effort immediately thereafter will be intense. Guess what endangered stocks are going to be impacted? Those chum hatcheries taxpayers have financed from their construction in the late 1980s to the present support a previously non-existent but now lucrative FN fishery for chum roe. Does anyone believe DFO is going to put any effort into constraining, monitoring or enforcing any steelhead conservation measures when the FNs engage in non-selective fisheries to compensate for earlier restrictions? Final point - the notion we can "fix" broken habitat and restore chinook production in the Fraser is terribly misleading. There is an abundance of premium quality habitat in major Fraser River tributaries (Harrison, Thompson, Chilcotin, Quesnel, McGregor, Stuart/Takla.........). The problem is it's grossly under-utilized because harvest of fish bound for those areas has not been managed properly. https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/…/horgan-disappointed-af… VANCOUVERISLAND.CTVNEWS.CA Horgan 'disappointed' after DFO announces new restrictions on B.C. chinook fishing The federal government has announced commercial and recreational fishing restrictions in British Columbia as a way to conserve chinook salmon returning to the Fraser River this season.