Come Support Steelhead!
November 26 at 7 at Micky's (170 Golden Dr., Coquitlam)
Tickets include burger and beer and are available at the door for $25
Raffle, 50/50, live & silent auctions
Dontation items glady accepted!
Think Steelhead (or Fisheries) this Election
We are all aware that steelhead in British Columbia are facing serious threats. The upcoming BC election provides us with a great opportunity to have our concerns heard. The Steelhead Society of British Columbia (SSBC) urges that all Society members and others who care about steelhead to take this opportunity to ask political party leaders and the candidates in their ridings some pointed questions. Then consider voting for those that give the answers that best support our steelhead.
Here are some of the key questions:
Why is there no Provincial Ministry dedicated to Fisheries?
Freshwater sportfishing in British Columbia contributes $957M to the economy of which steelhead account for approximately $239.25M. Yet both the money and the steelhead are lost in the provincial Ministry of Forest Lands, Natural Resource Operations... “Fisheries” is absent in the name of this ministry and seemingly in its mandate as well.
When will our BC Conservation Service be properly funded to protect our fish?
The underfunding of fisheries management in BC is a reflection of this lack of representation in government. Running into a conservation officer is virtually a thing of the past. The current regulations we have are not being monitored or enforced, let alone trying to decide on additional needed ones. This chronic lack of funding precludes any research. How can rational management occur without sufficient data or knowledge? Money needs to be dedicated to this valuable resource.
How is the provincial government going to support recovery of Interior steelhead populations?
The flagship of BC fish is the magnificent Thompson River steelhead. Anglers come from around the world to test themselves against these fish, the ultimate of their species. However, this world-famous icon is in major trouble, as the 2016-17 season produced approximately 350 spawners on the Thompson and 140 on the Chilcotin.
How is the provincial government supporting sustainable fisheries in BC with limited steelhead interception?
While there are many threats to steelhead, the clear and present danger is net interception; (both commercial and First Nation) in the Fraser and Skeena and in the saltwater approaches including the Dean Channel. Incidental by-catch of steelhead seems to increase each year. DFO's refusal to take steelhead into consideration when planning commercial net fisheries is a stake in the heart for these magnificent fish.
A strong provincial voice and presence is absolutely required to make DFO take note and effect change. Speak up, let your voice be heard and your voice counted.
The SSBC is very pleased to host John McMillan as our featured 2017 AGM guest speaker. Following his presentation, Greg Wilson will talk about the COSEWIC process. Sean Bennent and Mike Wallace will give updates on how our habitat projects from previous years are doing and also talk about this years proposed habitat project on Guichon creek. There will also be reports from our two branches: the Northern Branch (Troy Peters, Chair) and also the Vancouver Island Branch in Courtney /Comox (Duncan Lewis, Chair). The Society should be charging an entrance fee as this years presentations will be interesting to say the least. The only requirement is that you are a SSBC member, and as always, memberships and some swag will be available at the door. Light refreshments and snacks will also be available. Speaking of doors, the location is the same as always: 8555-198 A Street ( the BCGEU building) just off of 200th in Langley not too far from the Trans Canada Highway. Mark the date: Sat. Jan. 28, 10:00 a.m. You really don't want to miss this one.
Hello SSBC Family and Supporters - we hope you are enjoying your summer so far!
It has already been six months since our last newsletter, and we have been busy at the Steelhead Society. Please click below to download our Summer 2015 Newsletter.