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Looming Scenario?

How about a quick overview of the salmon situation along the BC coast thus far in 2017? Could there possibly be any parallels with steelhead that should be arriving right on the heels of chinook and sockeye? So far one would have to view the chinook and sockeye returns to BC as more than just …

Skeena Alert

A few people with a stake in the classified waters fisheries of the Skeena country know there are discussions underway between the government folk responsible for managing those fisheries and several angling guides who operate there. The vast majority of us who journey to those waters annually know nothing or, at best, are on the …

Give Us A Sign

In the Province of British Columbia the organization responsible for delivering the freshwater fisheries management program is the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations or FLNRO. No small part of that Ministry’s mandate is maintaining effective regulations governing recreational fishing activity. The method or process chosen by FLNRO to interface with the sport …

Contingency Plans?

Signals abound that the abundance of wild steelhead in British Columbia is going nowhere but down. Yes, we can find occasional examples where a particular river did better than its neighbours some years or a river where the catch success doesn’t match the broader picture but, all things considered, the general pattern is not a …

Ottawa Emerges on the Stamp

Finally, five months after sending a registered letter direct to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau detailing my repeated unsuccessful attempts to have     staff of his Department of Fisheries and Oceans respond to long outstanding correspondence concerning steelhead catches in commercial and First Nations fisheries in the Somass River and its ocean approaches, I find …

About That Bulkley Study

Three previous posts on the Bulkley steelhead catch and release study undertaken during the 2016 season pointed out a number of issues that no one integral to the study has shown any inclination to address. Silence has become the hallmark of the government people involved and the principle researchers dismissed my latest attempt to obtain …

Yesterday’s Gone

Late one night somewhere west of Vanderhoof back in the pre-Sirius days I needed something to keep me awake for the last few hours of one of those 1300 km road trips home from the big city. Out came a few CDs. Now all of us have probably experienced a time or two when a …

Requiem for the Stamp

“We have committed to an open, honest government that is accountable to Canadians….”   (From the mandate letter provided to the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard by The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada) I’ve written previously on the matter of the net fisheries for enhanced …

Paradise Lost…….Or Given Away

While the steelhead fishing community is preoccupied with the latest, greatest equipment and techniques that facilitate catching a steadily increasing proportion of a fixed or diminishing supply of fish, the degradation and sell off of the last of the best rivers in British Columbia goes unnoticed. Of greatest concern are the internationally renowned Skeena tributaries …

Science Messages

A couple of relatively recent outputs from the science community are worthy of attention. One source is the North Pacific Anadromous Fisheries Commission (NPAFC), a collection of knowledgeable and experienced fisheries professionals representing Canada, the United States, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Korea and Japan. The group has been doing a great deal of …