The overall abundance of wild salmon has declined sharply since the 1950s, according to data from a wild salmon advisory council report. File photo

Wild salmon advisory council to hold public meeting in Campbell River tonight

Members of B.C. government panel seeking feedback on policy options

The B.C. government’s wild salmon advisory council will be in Campbell River tonight to hear from local residents about restoring wild stocks and the future of B.C. fisheries.

The meeting is slated to take place between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Cortes Room of the Coast Discovery Inn at 975 Shoppers Row in downtown Campbell River, according to a government website. Registration opens at 5:30 p.m.

Members of the council who will be in attendance include Martin Paish, who is business development director of the Sport Fishing Institute of B.C., and Nanaimo-North Cowichan New Democrat MLA Doug Routley, according to the council’s secretariat.

It’s part of a series of meetings happening this month to gather feedback about a strategy report released by the advisory council in September. Those who can’t attend the meeting can submit feedback using an online form until Dec. 28.

The report outlines policy options for restoring and protecting B.C.’s dwindling wild salmon stocks, along with related economic development and fisheries management issues.

Salmon stocks are hard to calculate with certainty due to the multitude of streams and species in B.C., but the overall abundance of wild salmon has declined since the 1950s, according to the report.

READ MORE: Tofino, Ucluelet, Swiftsure facing likely fishing closures in 2019

READ MORE: Feds say $105-million fish fund will support wild salmon, innovation in B.C. fisheries

READ MORE: Wild salmon council draws skepticism

In southern B.C., data from the past decade indicates that sockeye abundance has declined by 43 per cent and chum by 14 per cent, compared to the long-term average from 1954-2016.

One exception is pink salmon, which has increased in abundance by about 24 per cent in southern B.C.

Meanwhile, southern chinook abundance has experienced a “widespread decrease in productivity, but these rates are highly variable between years and rivers,” the report states.

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada said on Monday that of 16 chinook populations assessed in southern B.C., eight are endangered, four are threatened and one is of special concern.

Only one chinook population studied – located in the Thompson River – was found to be stable. Not enough data was available to assess the other two populations. There are 28 chinook populations in southern B.C.

The 14-member wild salmon advisory council was announced by the provincial government in June.

@davidgordonkoch
david.koch@campbellrivermirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Campbell River school trustees want review of school closure effects

Board only wants information and is not reconsidering closure decisions

Hydro issues warning to stay away from upstream side of Elk Falls Dec. 13-14

BC Hydro will be increasing the Elk Falls Canyon water flow from… Continue reading

VIDEO: Students from RainCoast School of Musical Theatre perform at festive Campbell River event

Italian Cultural Society, Malarkey Mummers and Santa all take part in Museum at Campbell River event

Environment Canada issues wind warning as fallen tree knocks out power for 1,500 customers in Campbell River

‘Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring,’ says forecaster

‘Abhorrent’ condition of autistic B.C. boy shows flaws in care system: report

‘Charlie’ was underweight and ‘covered in feces’ when he was removed from his mom’s care

Military closes book on oft-criticized support unit for ill, injured troops

The transition unit will provide support and services to military members struggling with physical and mental injuries so they can return to work.

Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson named NHL’s first star of the week

Canucks centre scored two goals and six assists in three games

Protester says Canada doing U.S. ‘dirty work’ outside Huawei exec’s bail hearing

The U.S. wants to extradite Meng to face fraud allegations after Canada arrested the high-profile technology executive.

Union says arrows and gasoline tossed at striking Comox Valley assisted living workers

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith says arrows and gasoline were thrown at the picketers early in the week

Break-in at home of detained Chinese Huawei executive

Meng Wanzhou was detained in Vancouver on America’s request

Natural gas rates will go up in B.C. on Jan. 1

Regions could pay up to $68 more

Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

It could be an “impeachable offense” if it’s proven that President Donald Trump directed illegal hush-money payments to women during the 2016 campaign.

Most Read