Salmon Enhancement Program WAS in JEOPARDY

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The World-Famous Sockeye Salmon program was in jeopardy of having cutbacks on the Salmon Enhancement Program (SEP) but thanks to a host of people and organizations the program was saved. The government listened to the many letter of supports for the program and social media posts; they took heed in cutting back any funds that supported this well needed program.
 
It started with this letter from our Society to various politicians and connected people. Further down in this article you will read the letter that we received back from our provinces MP declaring that the cutbacks were reversed.
 
 
The Adams River Salmon Society joins hundreds of other groups and thousands of Canadians who are outraged at the recent announcements regarding the cuts to the Salmon Enhancement Program.
These cuts deeply impact the future of wild salmon in the Pacific region and undermine years of efforts by Department of Fisheries and Oceans and thousands of volunteers and school children. The Adams River Salmon Society hosts the Salute to the Sockeye every four years (next one in 2018) and provides education, conservation and advocacy to preserve and nurture this incredibly important resource. The Salmon Enhancement Program (SEP) is absolutely critical to the continued health of our World-Famous Sockeye Salmon Run and the cutbacks will have potentially disastrous consequences for generations.
We strongly urge to reconsider the cutbacks which affect use economically, environmentally, emotionally and politically.
  •  Dear Adams River Salmon Society,

So much has happened since my last salmon e-news update.  I’ve been busy in Parliament and at the Fisheries and Oceans Standing Committee working to #SaveWildSalmon from government cuts, open net salmon farms, habitat loss and climate change.

As you may be aware, we are celebrating a significant victory.  Following weeks of pressure from the NDP and grassroots salmon advocates, the Liberal government announced a reversal of their decision to cut an important BC salmon-education program and habitat restoration program. See below to find out more!

I hope you find this newsletter helpful.  Please share it in your networks and if you know someone who would like to subscribe to it they can do so by visiting: http://findonnelly.ndp.ca/protect-west-coast-wild-salmon

Sincerely,

Fin Donnelly
Member of Parliament Port Moody-Coquitlam (Anmore & Belcarra)
NDP Fisheries, Oceans & Canadian Coast Guard critic
Vice Chair, Fisheries & Oceans Standing Committee
Co-Chair, Oceans Caucus

 

Big Win: Reversing Cuts to Wild Salmon Programs

Just over two weeks ago on May 26th the government  quietly announced their decision to dismantle the Resource Restoration Unit, cut the Salmon Enhancement Program’s “Salmonids in the Classroom,” initiative and remove steelhead and cutthroat trout from the hatchery programs.

This decision demonstrated a critical misunderstanding of DFO’s mandate and responsibility to protect wild salmon for future generations. As a result, hundreds of watershed restoration projects across the province were in jeopardy along with the hard work of countless volunteers and 35,000 students a year would not be given the hands on transformational opportunity to learn about the salmon life cycle.

The grassroots response to these short sighted cuts was incredible. MP offices across the country received hundreds of responses from teachers, students, parents, volunteers and NGOs calling for these vital programs to be restored. I took their fight to House of Commons and Committee where I was able to ask the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans three times to reverse the cuts. In a stunning victory for wild salmon the government backed down to public pressure and restored funding to these vital programs.

Thank you to everyone who contacted their MP and the Minister to pressure the Liberal government to reverse their decision.

Threat of Open Net Salmon Farms Confirmed by DFO Scientists 

In March, a team of scientists from the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Fisheries and Oceans Canada confirmed what we already knew to be true.  Open net salmon farms are a risk to vulnerable BC wild salmon due the presence of diseases like heart and skeletal muscle inflammation (HSMI). I was able to raise this issue in the House of Commons, demanding answers from the Minister in Question Period. You can watch our exchange here.

Restoring the Fisheries Act

Over the past six months, I have pushed the government to restore the lost habitat protections in the Fisheries Act. Each time, the government tried to reassure wild salmon advocates by saying the promised changes were coming. When the Government controlled committee submitted their Fisheries Act recommendations, I was again disappointed by what was omitted. So, I submitted a dissenting opinion calling on the government to keep their promise and protect wild salmon. You can read my report here.

Let’s continue to work together to #SaveWildSalmon and the people who depend on them.

Sincerely,

Fin Donnelly
Member of Parliament Port Moody-Coquitlam (Anmore & Belcarra)
NDP Fisheries, Oceans & Canadian Coast Guard critic
Vice Chair, Fisheries & Oceans Standing Committee
Co-Chair, Oceans Caucus

 

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Public Input Sought on BC Fishing Regulation Changes

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PUBLIC input sought on BC fishing regulation changes, can be
individual and/or a group.
Proposed changes to fishing regulations (BC) for the 2017 – 2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis are now available for public comment and feedback. Complete list and description of proposed regulations can be viewed online at: http://apps.nrs.gov.bc.ca/pub/ahte/


October 22, 2016 Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band Flag Ceremony

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The Adams River Salmon Society AGM was held October 22, 2016.  At the conclusion of the AGM there was a First Nations Prayer, Welcome and Raising of the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band flag by Chief Oliver Arnouse.

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Interpretive Centre Closed for the Season

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Interpretive Centre Closed for the Season

The Interpretive Centre is closed for the season. Check back in early 2017 as we will post when we are open again. The beautiful park is open year round for those who wish to come by.

Hope to see you in 2017!


Planning Your Trip to See the Sockeye at Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park

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Planning Your Trip to See the Sockeye at Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park

When you are planning your trip to see the Adams River Sockeye Salmon spawn keep in mind the following patterns:

Dominant years (2018, 2022, 2026) you may see millions of sockeye return to spawn in October. The Society hosts the Salute to the Sockeye celebration the first 3 weeks of October every four years.  

During this time frame a nominal admission fee will be charged. More information on our 2018 Salute to the Sockeye will be available on the Salute to the Sockeye page soon.

 

Pre-dominant years (2017) you may see 10,000+ sockeye return to spawn in October, generally the first three weeks.

Sub-dominant years (2019) you may see 100,000+ sockeye return to spawn in October.

Post-subdominant years (2020) you may see 100’s of sockeye return to spawn in October (smallest returns).

A few Pink salmon spawn in the Adams River in September on odd years only; Chinook salmon spawn here in Sept/October; Sockeye salmon spawn in the Adams River in the first few weeks of October, followed by Coho salmon in late October and early November:

Find us at Roderick Haig-Brown Park (2300 Squilax-Anglemont Rd, Lee Creek, BC), in the Log Cabin Interpretive Centre (May throughout October)

The Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park is open year-round.

Directions to Roderick Haig-Brown Park from Chase, BC

 

Check out and LIKE our Facebook page to view our posts on your news feed (home page) and to learn up-to-date news about wild salmon, as well as cultural and natural histories of the Adams River and Roderick Haig-Brown Park:

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The Salute 2014 Commemorative Poster

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The Salute 2014 Commemorative Poster

 Thank you to local artist Lisa Figueroa

Lisa Figueroa lives in the Shuswap and spends great amounts of time photographing and painting the beauty she sees around her. The Sockeye Salmon of the Adams River have fascinated her for many years and have become a cornerstone of her artistic practice. Lisa has built an installation piece “Death Roe” which can be seen in full at the Vernon Public Art Gallery from October 16 – November 13, 2014 or viewed on YouTube (Death Roe by Lisa Figueroa). The 2014 Salute to the Sockeye poster features one of the paintings from the installation, “Firenesters Spawning”, “looking at the salmon through the water the fish break up into “flames” of oranges, reds and pink tones as the water fractures and refracts light on and around the sockeye, it becomes an elemental dance of procreation”. The Salute to the Salmon poster and other artwork by Lisa will be available through the souvenir cabin during seasonal operation at Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park.

Lisa Figueroa website 4Website: www.lazuline.ca

The poster can still be purchased this season at our Souvenir Cabin.