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Opinion: Celebrating Salmon & Our Other Natural Capital

April 24, 2017 |

This article was originally published on the Vancouver Sun. 

“When I first moved to B.C. in 1979, the Strait of Georgia had such a thriving wild Pacific salmon population that The Vancouver Sun hosted an annual salmon-fishing derby, publicized as the “largest free derby of its type in the world.” It drew thousands of people every year, and more than 7,200 in 1985, the event’s final year.

The event was a celebration of our natural capital and wild Pacific salmon, an icon of B.C. with generations of deep cultural, ecological and economic significance for our province.

Fast-forward a decade, and the number of wild Pacific salmon in the strait plummeted so dramatically that the harvest of wild Coho salmon in southern B.C. was banned, a restriction that continues to this day.

For 20 years there was no concerted effort to understand or respond to the loss of these fisheries. Then, in 2014, the Pacific Salmon Foundation and partner organizations launched the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project — a comprehensive study of the psychical, chemical and biological factors impacting salmon survival in the Salish Sea. Upcoming findings and recommendations will help improve fisheries-management policies and restore economic and cultural benefits for Salish Sea communities…”

Read on at: Vancouver Sun.

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