Wild salmon. (Photo: Stock File)
Govt takes steps to protect Pacific wild salmon
Friday, October 12, 2018, 21:40 (GMT + 9)
The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard launched Canada’s celebration of the International Year of the Salmon in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he delivered an address to an audience of national and international partners, First Nations and non-government organizations.
During the ceremony, Minister Wilkinson introduced the Government of Canada’s Wild Salmon Policy 2018-2022 Implementation Plan, which outlines concrete actions the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) will take to help rebuild Pacific wild salmon populations and their habitats.
The Minister also announced that the DFO has acted on all of the recommendations of the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of sockeye salmon in the Fraser River.
“Throughout 2019 and beyond, our government will continue to take action to support salmon conservation on the Pacific coast,” the Minister pointed out.
The International Year of the Salmon is an outreach and research initiative organized by the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission and the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization.