Batting Average .000

How many strikeouts and shutouts does it take before the season is over? Lets revisit that summer steelhead situation in the once famous Stamp River in that context. After repeated attempts to obtain responses from everyone between the Port Alberni Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) office and the Prime Minister’s office, finally a letter …

Reading Material

More years ago than I care to remember I was attending a major fisheries conference where a prominent member of the academic community was giving the keynote address. He opened his remarks with the comment, “If you want to know the future, look to California”. That was one of those gems that stuck with me, …

Illusions and Inconvenient Truths

There aren’t many issues in the British Columbia fisheries world that bring out more passion than daring to suggest all is not as it appears with respect to First Nations fisheries. The comments following my recent post, Political Correctness, are evidence enough but some of the personal attack messages received via email were over the …

Situation Critical

Provincial biologist Rob Bison recently released the post-season assessment of the status of Thompson and Chilcotin river steelhead that entered the Fraser River in the fall of 2016. From Rob’s report: “Estimates of Thompson River Steelhead, spawning in the spring of 2017, sum to a total of 254. The estimated uncertainty, expressed as the 95% …

Political Correctness

First of all, you have to ask yourself, why is there political correctness? The only answer is because you’re afraid to say what you honestly believe.          Kurt Russel, Aug 4/17   Political correctness is the cancer that destroys democracies.          Curtis Bevington Aug 4/17 in reply to Kurt Russel   Decisions …

Red Flags and Charging Bulls

It just keeps getting better. Back to back messages showed up on social media last evening. The first was a posting by one of those I refer to as the steelhead pimps. You know, one of those booking agents from the land south of the 49th parallel who lines his pockets at the expense of …

Where Next on the Skeena?

Here’s a bit of perspective on where we sit with steelhead returning to the Skeena this year. A table comparing numbers from recent years of test fishery results helps. Some will contend that the test fishery indices for the various species don’t adequately reflect the actual number of fish that have passed the test fishery …

The Future Has Arrived?

Yesterday, July 30, I made the journey from my home in Nanaimo across Vancouver Island to follow up on happenings with respect to commercial and First Nations (FN) fisheries targeting enhanced sockeye salmon returning to the Somass River tributaries (i.e. Great Central Lake at the head of the Stamp River and Sproat Lake at the …

A Broader Perspective

By now those with an interest in the summer steelhead stocks returning to the iconic rivers of British Columbia in 2017 are generally aware there are growing concerns about the size and health of those stocks. The Dean and Skeena river systems attract most of the attention in this regard while lesser known tributaries of …

Why Worry?

The following is a direct quote of a news release that arrived earlier this week. I include the full release lest I be accused of cherry picking or quoting anything out of context. Read on. Improvement in Fisheries Management needed as Skeena River Faces Low Sockeye Return. Skeena First Nations and Recreational Fishers Urge Co-operation and Caution …