After examining the 2008 fishery the Trust assessed grades of “E” to DFO when it came to the rate of harvest and with the issue of First Nations management.
The full details on their findings can be found on their website, where their first annual report card has been provided.
MAKING THE GRADE OR NOT
By George T. Baker
The Daily News
Friday, July 9, 2009
A report card on last year's salmon fishery on the
SkeenaWild Conservation Trust's report graded everything from harvest rates to First Nations access to the economy.
On most accounts, Skeena Wild's report showed barely passes (C grades), but gave the DFO a fail on harvest rates and First Nations.
"There are indications that
The report said on harvesting that there were minor reductions in 2008, however,
"The exploitation rate on endangered
On First Nations management, the DFO was given an 'E'. The group suggested that the marine and downstream harvest of these endangered populations needs to be set low enough to protect and rebuild these stocks so that the Gitanyow and Wet' suwet' en can once again meet their food, social and ceremonial needs.
The group recommends that weekly harvest rate caps need to be set that protect endangered
'The department would definitely look at the recommendations from the report but we haven't had a chance to look at them in detail at this point," said DFO Pacific Region spokesperson, Jeff Grout.
Grout added that further discussions on the report would occur after consultations with First Nations, commercial fishermen, recreational fishing operators as the DFO develops its management plans.