For anyone involved in the “recreational” sports fishing industry on the BC Coast, namely Vancouver Island and the Vancouver area, it would be an understatement to say that there are feelings of desperation and disappointment with the changes to the 2019 fishing regulations over the concerns of Fraser River Chinook. That concern is founded in the uncertainty of how this will impact the $1+ billion industry—the businesses, the communities, and the families who depend on tourism-based sport fishing.
Minister Wilkinson took a hardline approach with the 2019-2020 recreational regulations announcing on his Facebook page that, “Our new measures are critical to the future of Chinook stocks and to the futures of Indigenous and coastal communities who rely on them for sustenance, jobs and economic prosperity.”
Now, the other shoe is about to drop, as the SKRW Recovery Action threatens closures in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Gulf Islands, and the mouth of the Fraser River.
In the ongoing “consultation” between the public and the Department of Fisheries (DFO), 3 meetings have been set up for the pubic to attend and to say their piece. For those concerned with the DFO’s proposed approach, it would be wise to attend.