The Province of British Columbia is in the process of developing a made-in-BC wild salmon strategy that will support restoring healthy and abundant wild salmon stocks in B.C. Read more about the winter 2018/2019 public engagement process.
To begin developing the strategy, the Wild Salmon Advisory Council formulated an options paper on:
- Restoration and enhancement of wild salmon populations;
- Sustainable fisheries management and stewardship opportunities for communities; and
- New economic development opportunities to assist viable and sustainable community-based fisheries.
The public could participate in the following ways:
- Attend a community meeting led by the Wild Salmon Advisory Council.
- Provide written input through an online feedback form.
Phase One: August 10 to September 28, 2018
Phase Two: October 11, 2018 to January 11, 2019
- 4,842 engagement site visits
- 317 comments received online
- 116 comments received by email
- An estimated 500 people attended community meetings
Input leads to action:
The Wild Salmon Advisory Council has provided their final report to government. Please read their recommendations for a Made-In-B.C. Wild Salmon Strategy. On July 5, 2019, twenty-three new projects funded under the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF) were announced. This fund is a federal-provincial collaboration that aligns with key recommendations from the Wild Salmon Advisory Council’s report, which called on government to focus on near-term actions that could address the immediate needs of wild salmon and their habitats. Over the next five years, the BCSRIF will support protection and restoration activities for priority wild fish stocks, including salmon, as well as projects that will ensure the fish and seafood sector in BC is positioned for long-term environmental and economic sustainability.