Recent cuts to Salmonid Enhancement Programming
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Lakelse sockeye stocks experienced a significant decline for several cycles from the late 90’s through 2010 and were identified as a high priority by DFO North Coast Area. The construction of a regulated-flow side-channel in Lower Williams Creek has been identified by the DFO North Coast Resource Restoration Unit as the greatest potential opportunity to further improve Lakelse sockeye stocks and safeguard current spawning and incubation.
as noted on the Pacific Salmon Commission page
also working with 1st Nations, community volunteers, municipalities...........
Technical contracts - these people are hired to augment the knowledge of the community advisor and to assist in the time frames that the CA's are more busy (fish work happens in spurts) a way to reduce the cost of hiring more full time government staff and have them help out as needed to fulfill workplans, volunteers are working with live animals and have a set of best management practises to adhere to. These people also assisted community with technical help as to watershed planning, mapping, restiration, helped school groups, helped new CA's
Salmonids in the classroom - working from a Strategy paper to educate our next generation on the wonder of salmon and their lifecycles - having just celebrated 40 yrs of programming this program has influenced many as they transitioned from childhood to adulthood with knowledge of salmon and ecosystems
DFO will no longer support any steelhead or trout enhancement in federal facilities Feds already have the infrastructure of building, staff and knowledge to enhance runs where numbers are so low as to put the stocks in danger
We were all celebrating 40 years of the highly successful Salmonid Enhancement Program at the same time these cuts were being stick handled through the process. We have been looking forward to working collaboratively with government and working with their decisions in the implementation of the Cohen commission recommendations, Wild Salmon Policy and the standing committee recommendations on the Fisheries Act. While the DFO speaking notes on these cuts mentions how the removal of these people and programs will assist them to do the above, it makes little sense to remove the very foundation of habitat knowledge that would have assisted.
One example is
Recommendation 30br> That any revision to the Fisheries Act should include direction for restoration and recovery of fish habitat and stocks.
Take care ZoAnn
Resource Restoration Unit - Engineer, biologist team through the resource restoration unit, to help volunteers plan projects that are beneficial to salmonids, they are also the ones who know the habitat and unique salmon stocks and set priorities for works in watersheds
Zo Ann Morten speaking at the Standing Committee on Fisheries, Dec. 7, 2016
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The Streamkeepers Program has been developed in response to the concerns of the many volunteers working on stream enhancement projects. In spite of volunteer efforts and government regulations, development pressures from our expanding population continue to threaten our aquatic habitats. Everyone, from residents to land developers, foresters, and farmers, needs to become aware of how important good watershed practices are to the long term protection of our environment.
Streamkeeper activities most often take place at specific times during the year. Some events are dictated by the arrival, presence or departure of spawning or rearing salmon. Some activities do not take place in the stream itself, and can occur at any time of the year. View some videos that have been contributed by various streamkeeper groups.
A streamkeeper is someone who has taken an active interest in preserving and enhancing their local waterways. They are willing to learn more about their streams, and partner with other groups that have a similar focus, as well as all levels of government.
Who are Streamkeepers?
People from all walks of life. Professionals, retirees, students, anyone who has an interest in the environment. Some groups have regular meetings, and organize events for the full year. Others simply do tasks at the time they need to be done. Meet some streamkeepers
PSkFThe Pacific Streamkeepers Federation was initiated in May 1995, at a Community Involvement Workshop held in Williams Lake British Columbia, Canada, attended by more than 300 stream restoration volunteers from BC and the Yukon. The PSkF is a non-profit society committed to supporting community groups involved in Streamkeepers activities throughout BC and the Yukon. The objectives of the PSkF are as follows:
- Provide an information exchange for streamkeeper and enhancement groups;
- Help co-ordinate streamkeeper and enhancement efforts,
- Lend a larger voice to streamkeeper and enhancement issues,
- Facilitate training for streamkeeper and enhancement groups;
- Help like-minded groups get started,
- Provide support for existing streamkeeper and enhancement groups;
- Foster co-operation amongst watershed stakeholders,
- Promote local management of aquatic resources