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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 …

Back on the Bulkley

In recent weeks a number of messages have traded back and forth on the subject of progress to date on the C&R study. My own efforts to get the Ministry people (Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations or FLNRO) in Smithers to respond to email inquiries have been met with silence. That is a repeat …

More Thompson

Readers will be familiar with my pitch to reduce the kill of Thompson River bound steelhead as the highest priority for helping that stock and the other interior Fraser steelhead stocks to turn back the extirpation clock. Some revealing information from the Conservation and Protection Division of the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans emphasizes …

Who Is “Saving” the Thompson?

OK, the December 2, 2016 Thompson Steelhead Assembly has come and gone and next steps are in motion. One of those is a questionnaire intended to gauge public opinion on the December 2 gathering (for those that attended) and solicit comments on the Thompson Steelhead Working Group’s draft “Thompson Steelhead Recovery and Management Plan”. The …