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    Exclamation Important Emerging Issues for SVI Chinook Regulations

    Here is a portion taken from today's SFI-BC newsletter. These regulation changes depending on what DFO does, have the potential to have some very serious negative impacts for the SVI recreational fishery and in the long term for the entire coast!

    Good to know that SFI, SFAB and SVIAC are already working on this. Like this article implies we may very soon need to have a big letter writing and lobbying campaign to try to avoid some possible very negative reg. changes for areas 19 and 20 this summer!!!
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    April 29, 2016
    Chinook, Fraser River and Juan de Fuca


    The SFI is actively engaged on behalf of Southern Vancouver Island anglers in convincing DFO to stick to its guns regarding maintaining access to Chinook in Juan De Fuca Strait recreational fisheries. We believe that the 2012 policy which creates 3 zones of abundance (zone one being the lowest) based on test fishery results, and corresponding management measures that affect all 3 sectors is the appropriate path forward. Abandoning the abundance-based approach would be a fundamental policy change that could undermine both domestic fisheries management and Canada’s position as we begin renegotiation of the chinook and coho portions of the Pacific Salmon Treaty.

    Management scenarios currently proposed by DFO and First Nations include a full closure of the Juan de Fuca and Georgia Strait approach waters to the Fraser and in River salmon fishery in May, June and July and/or keeping only recreational and commercial fisheries at zone 1 management measures. This closure and zone 1 management scenario would continue even if test fishery results indicate a zone 2 or even 3 level of abundance. While the impacts to the recreational sector would be very damaging and severely limit opportunity in either scenario, the proposals would provide for a doubling or even tripling of First Nations impacts on the stocks in the Fraser River. This is not a conservation based proposal, effectively represents a reallocation of fish between sectors and provides a gift to the United States of marked hatchery fish Canada is entitled to catch under the salmon treaty. Early Fraser Chinook stocks are predicted by the Pacific Salmon Commission Chinook Technical Committee to return at 258,000 fish in 2016. This is the highest predicted return since 1979, and almost 4x the brood year! It seems hard to conceive of a serious conservation based argument based on a prediction like this.

    We sincerely hope that the DFO understands the need for a clear and transparent science based approach to this issue which respects the value and needs of all sectors. To do otherwise will surely lead to a very long hot summer on the Juan de Fuca Strait.

    SFI in Ottawa
    As we head into May, we’d like to take this opportunity to update you on our recent mission to Ottawa to meet with representatives of the new Government including the Minister of Fisheries, Hunter Tootoo.

    A joint team of SFI, SFAB and BCWF leaders comprised of Owen Bird, Gerry Kristianson, Martin Paish, John Mcculloch and Ted Brookman headed to Ottawa for 4 busy days of meetings.

    In addition to meeting with the Minister, we met with the Deputy Minister of Fisheries and many of her senior staff and also had one on one sessions with BC MP’s Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Mel Arnold, Elizabeth May, Mark Strahl, Ken Hardie, Gord Johns, Jati Sidhu, Larry Bagnall, as well as Fisheries Parliamentary Secretary Serge Cormier and BC Senator Larry Campbell.

    The primary topics of discussion included:
    An overview of the social and economic values of the sport fishery;

    • An introduction to the Vision Implementation Program and its benefits including;
      • Improved Catch Monitoring;
      • Collaborative work on items including the Fishing App;
      • Measures to protect and improve funding for the SFAB process;

    • The significance of the looming Fraser River Chinook decision on not only Juan de Fuca rec fisheries but the precedent that it would set for all fisheries.

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    Default CHEK News Piece on Possible SVI Salmon Closure

    CHEK TV News Piece on Possible SVI Salmon Closure - Good video with Martin Paish

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    Sport anglers worried about possible fishing closure
    Posted By: Dean Stoltzon: May 03, 2016In: News
    DFO considering salmon fishing closure in Juan de Fuca Strait.


    The Sport Fishing Institute of BC says the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is considering a May to July closure of all salmon fishing in the Juan de Fuca Strait.

    The move would be in response to a request by First Nations along the Fraser River that are expecting a lower than usual return of sockeye salmon.

    They are hoping for a reallocation of Fraser River chinook but sport anglers say the decision would be a departure from a 2012 salmon management strategy based on actual abundance of fish.

    “The requests are that the recreational fishery be closed down for salmon fishing in May, June and July. The Department in response to that has floated a proposal that basically suggests that regardless of the abundance of chinook that return to the Fraser River as a result of test fisheries that the recreational and commercial fisheries be held to zone one level of abundance” said Martin Paish in an interview with CHEK News.

    Zone one regulations put extreme limitations on what can be caught and where.

    Sport anglers are proposing less stringent rules under zone two, which is still part of the 2012 DFO salmon management strategy.

    “What the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is proposing isn’t really based on conservation at all. It’s based on a reallocation of fish from the recreational fishery to another group in order to deal with a perceived legal risk” added Paish.

    The DFO says a decision is likely within the next two weeks.
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    Default Sports anglers very worried about the early summer season

    Here is a write up on the CFAX radio broadcast today with Owen Bird from SFI-BC and Chris Bos phoned in from SFAB and SVIAC. We all need to seriously support the groups like this that are working hard on our behalf to protect our rec. fishing rights and access.

    Here is a link to the interview with Frank Stanford today (May 3). Scroll down to the Frank Stanford section, go to the 33.56 minute section in the podcast to hear it.

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    Sports anglers very worried about the early summer season
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    May 03, 2016 11:00 from Frank Stanford

    The south coast sport fishing industry is calling on the government to maintain the salmon management strategy that has been in place since 2012.

    The Sport Fishing Institute says DFO is considering a reallocation of Fraser River chinook salmon to the First Nations fishery, which is expecting a lower than usual return of sockeye salmon this year.

    The Institute's Executive Director Owen Bird says sports anglers have already made significant sacrifices in the name of conservation, and it is only fair that catch limits should be based on the actual abundance of fish...

    "But it also seems also fair in those cases...in this case...to say...look, everybody's got to do their part, and so there are restrictions that apply to all and everybody makes some sacrifice"

    The Institute is concerned that DFO may decide to close the recreational chinook fishery in Juan de Fuca Strait entirely, for the months of May, June and July.'

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