On March 23rd, Al Martin, Director of Strategic Initiatives for the BC Wildlife Federation sent a request to the Select Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans (FOPO) regarding Interior Fraser Steelhead, Species at Risk Act and Marine Stewardship Council Certification.
“We believe the interior Fraser Steelhead (IFS) deserve the full protection of listing under the SARA. The process proposed by DFO for reviewing Interior Steelhead is a rules-based analysis rather than an outcomes-based exercise. It does not cover the complete range of fisheries or the run timing of the returning IFS as outlined in the 2018 Integrated Fisheries Management Plans. Were the rules effective in the past in sustaining IFS? No, and they are not being materially changed to be effective in the future.”