Most recent Fraser River sockeye reports predict that the 2020 run will provide the lowest returns on record. With the other four species inextricably linked to sockeye, this does not bode well for the continued state of B.C. salmon. Outside of the lower mainland, other species on the central and north coasts are experiencing sharp declines. Below are some recent news headlines about the health of salmon in British Columbia.
Salmon in the News
Recent reports predict that the 2020 run will provide the lowest returns on record. Here is a collection of new articles on the health of salmon in British Columbia.
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The very foundation of salmon stewardship requires the annual monitoring of thousands of watersheds in coastal B.C. in order to assess the health and abundance of spawning salmon, yet in the last 15 years, DFO funding for salmon escapement programs has been cut by over 60%.
Despite tens of millions of dollars being allocated for wild salmon conservation in B.C., Canada’s federal government has divested from salmon monitoring projects. If fewer than 10% of B.C.’s salmon runs are actually monitored, how is DFO reliably allocating wild salmon for fisheries and broader ecosystem needs?