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B.C. needs to do more to protect salmon: report

Last Updated Oct 11, 2018 at 12:48 pm PDT

FILE: A wild salmon returning from the sea climbs up Big Falls on the Humber River in Newfoundland on its way to spawn in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Tom Moffatt, Atlantic Salmon Federation *MANDATORY CREDIT*

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A new report by the Wild Salmon Advisory Council is saying B.C. needs to do more to protect wild salmon habitat and the ways to best use this resource.

The report lists 14 recommendations that focus on supporting the health, habitat and management of wild salmon.

“Wild salmon are a vital part of the lives of thousands of British Columbians, from Indigenous communities to commercial and recreational fishers. They are integral to our environment, our history, our economy and our way of life in B.C.,” Premier John Horgan said in a press release.

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“The advisory council worked tirelessly examining the impacts of wild salmon on B.C.’s communities, economy and Indigenous peoples. These recommendations will help B.C. protect and enhance wild salmon for future generations.”

Some of the recommendations ask to:

  • Protect critical salmon habitat from loss and degradation
  • invest in restoring habitats that have been damaged or destroyed
  • increase production of juvenile salmon in controlled conditions
  • consider creating predator and invasive species management programs
  • engage with First Nations in protecting and restoring populations

The report is now headed towards a public consultation process where people will be asked for their input on how to protect the wild fish stocks while still growing the province’s fishing industry.

You can read more here.

– With files from Lasia Kretzel