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SFI Launches Live Public Webinar Series

If you hadn’t spotted it yet, the Sport Fishing Institute of BC (SFI) is hosting a series of virtual webinars on Zoom to discuss recovery of salmon stocks and predictable opportunity and reliable access for BC’s public fishery. Each of 4 weekly sessions will be approximately 90 minutes long, with an audience question and answer period following each presentation or speaker, and will cover topics within this year’s theme, “Charting a Predictable Path for Salmon and BC’s Public Fishery”.

With a fresh approach, and virtual in 2020, this annual event stands to be the pinnacle forum where elected officials, public servants, and those in the sport fishing industry can meet and share their perspectives on trends, innovations, and issues facing BC’s public fishery. Most importantly—it’s open to the public.

Each session will allow for public Q&A, which is an opportunity for anyone to engage the speakers.

Who should attend?

This is an opportunity that sport anglers have yet to see, and I encourage participation at all levels including: sport anglers, industry stakeholders, Provincial and Federal Government, Media, Education Professionals, and Scientist/Biologists.

2020 SFI Policy Conference: Charting a Predictable Path for Salmon and BC’s Public Fishery

Here’s the upcoming schedule and speakers. You must register for each session individually by clicking on the title of each:

Wild Salmon Recovery and BC’s Public Fishery

Friday November 6, 9:30-11:00 AM PT

First in the series of virtual discussions intended to seek pathways for recovery of salmon stocks and predictable opportunity and reliable access for BC’s public fishery.

  • Rob Alcock, President SFI
  • Rebecca Reid, DFO Regional Director General
  • Dr. Carl Walters, UBC Fisheries Professor Emeritus – Role of Marine Mammals in Recent Fishery Collapses

Mark Selective Fishing (MSF) and Mass Marking (MM)

Friday, November 13, 9:30-11:00 AM PT

To aid both recovery of salmon and provide reliable and predictable opportunity for BC’s public fishery action must be taken. A solution that has been successfully implemented, mark selective fishing and mass marking, will be discussed by representatives from Washington State and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

  • Mark Baltzell, Washington State Dept. of Fish & Game
  • John Holmes, DFO Stock Assessment & Research Branch
  • Ryan Galbraith, DFO Salmonid Enhancement Program

Recovery of Fish and Fisheries in an Era of Rebuilding

Friday, November 20, 9:30-11:00 AM PT

Rebuilding and recovery of wild salmon populations is a long term and multi-faceted process. Strategies, plans, and new technologies beyond fisheries management will be explored.

  • Jason Hwang, VP Salmon, Pacific Salmon Foundation
  • Dr. Scott Hinch, UBC Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation Laboratory
  • Neil Davis, DFO Director Resource Management: Adaptive Management
  • Wilf Ludke, DFO Section Head, South Coast Stock Assessment: The role of catch monitoring in recovery planning
  • Diana Dobson, DFO Sr. Biologist, South Coast Stock Assessment: The role of recovery planning and program integration in rebuilding salmon populations

Charting a Predictable Path For Salmon and Access For BC’s Public Fishery

Friday, November 27, 9:30-11:00 AM PT

A summary of the sessions and a collaborative vision to support charting a predictable path for salmon and access for BC’s public fishery. Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the industry, and community will share perspectives.

  • Andrew Thomson, DFO Regional Director, Fisheries Management Branch
  • Walt Judas, CEO, Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC)
  • Matt Jennings, Marketing Manager, Fishing BC
  • Dan Baxter, BC Chamber of Commerce, Director Policy Development, Government and Stakeholder Relations


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