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It Shouldn’t Be This Hard

Ever since the current British Columbia government took office and got itself organized in mid-2017 the steelhead advocacy community has been vociferous in its push for clarity on the question of which of its Cabinet Ministers spoke for steelhead? For those not familiar with the British Columbia and Canadian government linkages and problems therein, here’s …

Memory Lane

In a search for a document from yesteryear I was scrolling through digital files and found an article I had written for The Osprey scarcely four fishing seasons ago. It was a good reminder of how soon we forget and move on to the next issue of the moment. The Interior Fraser Steelhead scenario has …

Beyond COSEWIC

  On Feb 13, 2018 the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife In Canada (COSEWIC) announced its recommendation stemming from the emergency review of the status of Interior Fraser Steelhead. We’ve known that was coming for several weeks and we’ve been reasonably confident the obvious would prevail. It did. Thompson and Chilcotin steelhead have …

A Case For Protecting Habitat

Yesterday I reached my tolerance limit for a keyboard when my dog kept looking at me with a pouty face and the emails just wouldn’t stop flowing. Enough! Off we went for a long walk along one of my all time favourite little rivers, the Englishman.   Apart from digital burn out I had a …

COSEWIC and Thompson Steelhead

The process surrounding the emergency review of the status of Interior Fraser Steelhead (IFS), most notably the Thompson stock, is not exactly well understood by anyone not intimately involved in the process. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the federal government agency ultimately in control of the fate of those fish, would seem to have …

Skeena Steelhead Angling Opportunity – An Open Letter to “the Managers”

Dear Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (aka FLNRORD) : Signals from some of your constituents tell a handful of us with an ear to the ground there has been considerable discussion between local residents of the Skeena area and your agency regarding the future allocation of angling opportunity on at …

Against All Odds – The Future of Interior Fraser Steelhead in the Balance

Some of the most compelling reading I’ve ever been privy to regarding the Interior Fraser Steelhead circumstances showed up this week. It’s the product of a Freedom of Information request to the agency most people believe to be responsible for steelhead management in British Columbia. That would be the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource …

My Hurting Head

The next step in our Department of Fisheries and Ocean’s oppressive process leading us into the 2018 fisheries arrived a couple of days ago. Its called the PRELIMINARY 2018 SALMON OUTLOOK. Here we have 28 pages worth of forecasts about various stocks and species up and down the coast of British Columbia. Those forecasts are …

Buyer Beware

Here we are staring at the beginning of yet another year of process intended to rationalize the multitude of fisheries now impacting salmon in British Columbia. The call is out from our Department of Fisheries and Oceans (I’ll leave out the part about the Coast Guard and just call it DFO) to line up for …

Dear Santa

My favourite fish are not doing well these days so I thought I might be able to count on you for a gift or two to make things better. I don’t want to be greedy or unrealistic here so I’m trying to make a list of things that are possible for you to deliver. Please …