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For all those concerned about interception of Interior Fraser River Steelhead;

DFO Canada has announced an 8 hour gill net opening directed at Chum Salmon for this coming Thursday, October 23, 2014.

http://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm?pg=view_notice&DOC_ID=165308&ID=all

FN 1138 in the list of openings.

At this time, every Interior Fraser River Steelhead returning to their home rivers is of extremely great importance.

For any that wish to voice their disagreement and opposition (please do so) to the above opening, I have compiled a list of contacts to direct your e mails and or letters to.

PM me and I will forward the list of e mail addresses and mailing addresses to you.
 

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Just post it here. I'd recommend posting a form letter with all the addresses to get more mail sent...
 

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Such a shame to gillnet the lower Fraser for Chums. Chum prices are at a high in the range of 70cents a pound. http://www.adn.com/article/20140823...ery-has-kotzebue-fishermen-breaking-out-boats
My guess is that a single dead Thompson fish represents more real value than an entire gillnetter's hold of Chums.

It is obvious that DFO is in the business of creating commercial salmon openings, not conservation. This one stinks of rotting dog food.
 

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Trying to get letter uploaded, but SNAFU'ed.

Speypages saying it is an invalid file.

Just a word document, anyone have any advice to circumvent this issue?

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Trying to get letter uploaded, but SNAFU'ed.

Speypages saying it is an invalid file.

Just a word document, anyone have any advice to circumvent this issue?

Thanks
rather than copying the word.doc file in its entirety & trying to upload that, just copy the contents of the word.doc page(s), and paste as you would do for a normal text post.

readers can then copy that text, and the paste it back into their word processor document or an email....;)



Mike
 

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October 20, 2014


The Honorable Gail Shea

Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Room 556, Confederation Building
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Mr. Matthew King

Canadian Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Centennial Towers
200 Kent St., 15th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0E6

The Honorable Randy Kamp

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

The Honorable Robert Chisholm

Canadian Opposition Critic to the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans

774 Confederation Building
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

By email: Regional Director General of DFO Pacific Susan Farlinger: [email protected], Regional Director DFO Pacific Rebecca Reid: [email protected], Director of Resource Management Program Delivery DFO Pacific Paul Ryall: [email protected], Area Director South Coast DFO Pacific Andrew Thomson: [email protected], Area Director Lower Fraser DFO Pacific Jennifer Nener: [email protected], Area Director Interior DFO Pacific Stu Cartwright: [email protected] , Barbara Mueller, Resource Manager Lower Fraser Area DFO Pacific: [email protected]






The gill net opening scheduled by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for October 23, 2014 in area 29 targeting Chum Salmon should be cancelled. This fishery needs to be delayed until the peak of passage of Interior Fraser River Steelhead has concluded. This opening is outlined in fisheries notice; FN 1138 dated October 17, 2014, allowing for an eight hour fishery during the of peak migration of a Steelhead that are currently mandated a Conservation Concern Level stock. Every one of the rare Interior Fraser River Steelhead are of great socio economic importance and an indiscriminate gill net fishery in order to harvest a commercially invaluable species is not prudent. This is especially true in this year of 2014, when there have been numerous commercial fisheries undertaken by the south coast commercial fleet directed towards the abundant and commercially valuable Sockeye Salmon. In the interest of protecting vulnerable co migrating stocks of Pacific Salmon, all Fraser River Commercial Chum Salmon Fisheries need to be delayed until November to allow safe passage of Interior Fraser River Steelhead through the lower Fraser River.

FN 1138 issued by the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans allows for the by catch of very weak co-migrating Interior Fraser River Steelhead. Although the opening stipulates that there is to be no retention of Steelhead, Coho Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Chinook Salmon, and Sturgeon in this fishery, scientific evidence suggests that the release of fish from gill net fisheries results in only a 40% survival rate of said fish (DFO Southern Salmon IFMP 2013). The presently returning Interior Fraser River Steelhead are classified by the province of British Columbia as a, “Conservation Concern”, and have been in decline for the past decade. Therefore, as many returning fish as possible should be allowed to pass safely through the mouth of and the Lower Fraser River itself without being subjected to the high probability of fatal encounters associated with gill netting. The Steelhead are a species of high socio economic value, a cultural icon wherever they return in their natal rivers, and a key driver for the economic engine of several dependent Interior of British Columbia communities. The commercial harvest of Chum Salmon is not of comparable value to the economy of British Columbia and this fishery can and should be delayed until November to allow the safe passage of the majority of returning Interior Fraser River Steelhead.

Due to the lack of economic value of Chum Salmon, the commercial fishery scheduled for October 23, 2014, (FN 1138) needs to be cancelled and rescheduled for a later date. This will allow for the co-migrating and extremely valuable Interior Fraser River Steelhead safe passage through the mouth of and Lower Fraser River itself. With Fraser River Chum Salmon numbers building as stated in the above fisheries notice, there is little reason why this fishery could not be delayed and executed at a later date when the peak of the Steelhead migration has concluded. In the interest of sound management of all Fraser River Salmon, good judgment must be exercised by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to ensure the health of all returning Salmon stocks. A gill net opening on Thursday of this week, October 23, 2014, does not qualify as a sound decision insofar as the harvest of this precious Canadian public resource. Please alter the plans for this fishery (FN 1138) and delay the harvest of Lower Fraser River Chum Salmon to a later date in 2014.


Sincerely,
L. B.
 

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Speyducer,

I always make things harder than what they should be when it comes to technology it seems.

Thank you very much for the advice.
 

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One more,

e mail addresses of Ministers listed

Federal Government Contacts

The Honourable Gail Shea
Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
[email protected]
Room 556, Confederation Building
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Canada

The Honourable Randy Kamp
Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
[email protected]
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Canada

Matthew King
Deputy Fisheries Minister of Canada
Centennial Towers
200 Kent Street, 15th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0E6

The Honourable Robert Chisholm
Opposition Fisheries Critic of Canada
[email protected]
774 Confederation Building
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6


All letters can be sent stamp free to MP's (all listed except Deputy Fisheries Minister).
 

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Don't mean to hijack, but think it is fitting for this thread...

Out of interest, why haven't they..(gov't/net fisheries) gone back to the good old technologies like fish wheels? Fish are trapped in pens, where one can effectively live release the bycatch.

Single day catches wont be as great, but you could have a longer opening, all while not indiscriminately killing all bycatch.

Interested in the response from those in the know.
 

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I am concerned that the 'roe' component of the chum fishery is the principal economic reason for the opening. The more of these Fraser chum openings we permit, the more the harvesting and processing companies develop customers and markets for Chum roe. These markets come to expect supply from our fisheries which in turn puts more pressure on regulators to create openings to meet those supply demands. Most important to me is the negative impact the questionable Chum fishery puts on co-migrating stocks like Fraser river wild steelhead.
We know our steelhead are in trouble when they appear in the same document as the sea turtle.
 

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Sent. Thanks for providing the content and contact information.
 

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Thanks for taking the time to compile post and send this in. Much appreciated. Anyone who has ever caught a T steel has to do this, you owe these fish at least that much..
 
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