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I would like some opinions. I am writing a college paper and have to conduct interviews on my topic. I thought a good source would be all of YOU. Here is the big question I would like to explore.

How will current fishing methods and fisheries management affect the future of our salmon sportfishing community?

Where do you see the stocks in 50 years?
Will the still be a sport fishery in 50 years?
Will there still be commercial fisheries?
Are the fisheries been managed well?
How could the fisheries be managed better?
 

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Capilano Mano said:
The answer to the first 3 questions is the same. Without real changes in regulation and enforcement, both domestically and internationally,no!
The answer to the fourth question is even shorter and requires no qualification, No.
Your 5th question is the only question worth asking at this point. More resources are required to put adequate numbers of people in the field. The Department must take its responsibility for the fisheries ahead of the needs of mining, logging, fish farms and other business forms. The department also would benefit from leadership that at least knew of the existence of the West Coast. The forums here are filled with suggestions on the myriad ways the fisheries could be conserved qand your paper will benefit from your research efforts. Dig around here (and other sites as well) and don't forget the library. Real books require real effort, but pay dividends on the final product.
 

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I am going to be a pessimist on this one. As we slip into a recession, the last thing government leaders could care about is anything related to the environment. Sure they may come out for a photo op as they pick up some garbage but that is about it in my opinion. Look what they did when there was money to spend......diddly squat. And now with times being very, very tough are they going to increase the spending??? If you believe that I have some swamp land I want to sell to you.
 

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I've been a guide on the WCVI for 25 years and i see the end coming with in 10 years. I've never been pessimistic like this before but the mis management in Ottawa is writing the end to the book for me. Sorry.
 

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i am going to make this very optimistic. With how the stocks seem to be declining in last last couple years i believe that the government will realize that this drastic decrease in fish needs to be fixed. I also believe the the Government will realize the importance of sport angling and that there is a large and vast amount of people who are heavily involved in the "scene" even some who live off it. I believe that the fish stocks will increase and become more healthy, it all just takes time. the government may be slow, but they all arent stupid. :2cents:

-fishey
 

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In my opinion, the Federal Governent should bow out of the Provincial fisheries and let the local (Provincial) Government take over. The Feds clearly have no idea as to what is going on (look at their track record). I say let the locals manage the fishery.
 

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Good idea for a paper man, happy to help out. Please see my comments below to each question.

Capilano Mano said:
I would like some opinions. I am writing a college paper and have to conduct interviews on my topic. I thought a good source would be all of YOU. Here is the big question I would like to explore.

How will current fishing methods and fisheries management affect the future of our salmon sportfishing community?

Where do you see the stocks in 50 years? I see the stocks on the south coast continuing to go down the tubes due to climate change and DFO mismanagement, I think stocks in our northern watershed will continue to be strong 50 yrs from now if we can wake up and start managing our fisheries as animal populations not as a financial resource
Will the still be a sport fishery in 50 years? Yes in northern areas, hopefully we will se major changes in management ideas to allow this to be true, if not all the guys from down here will just start heading up north when our stocks hit rock bottom
Will there still be commercial fisheries? I hope the answer is yes, but they need to be completely selective and focus on terminal locations, mixed stock non selective fisheries must end or we will be done for
Are the fisheries been managed well? Absolutely not, the biologists and enforcement officers have their hearts in the right places but have to answer to politicians who are in turn answering to big business. If you want to keep a job in government your report had better find what the government wants to hear, or you will be searching the HRDC job banks. Just ask any biologists who gave the wrong answers about the impacts of gravel removal from the Fraser
How could the fisheries be managed better?!) selective commercial fishing only, manage as a population not a financial resource, listen to you bios and fish cops and give them the budgets they need to suceed, I could go on and on but Kim is telling me dinner is ready, PM me for any further clarrrification Capilano Mano

Hope that helps best of luck on the paper!
 

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Where do you see the stocks in 50 years?
-I see the stocks hurting because of enviro problems but i feel we are to start the healing process soon. Which I hope to balance the situation
Will the still be a sport fishery in 50 years?
- Yes. But not with the help of the current dirt bags in power. Each river from the little Cambell to the vedder and beyond will need its own management with a majority C&R only for a long time
Will there still be commercial fisheries?
- Yes but a very different type of fishery. With alot of land based systems to support a variety of fish feed with there natural feed
Are the fisheries been managed well?
-NO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How could the fisheries be managed better?
-That is a book I cannot write right now. First it starts with a new vision. Second it starts with a strong leader. Third It has to include everyone to make the change. Change is coming . There will be a loss of some species for some time. It will get worse before it gets better. Then and only then balance will be restored.
 
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