Yes....all sides need to work on the solution because everybody has contributed to the current problems with the BC fishery. These were the same issues with the East Coast salmon fishery which has shown some improvement over the years, but still is an ongoing challenge to restore returns to their former levels.I was discussing this situation with some pals the other day. I am an unflinching supporter of Indigenous sovereignty but I do think that singling out the sport fishery as the key problem is unproductive. As was said above, cooperation is necessary if anything is to be done. Now, from and Indigenous perspective, if you have been the stigmatized for generations by people in the sport fishing industry as a problem (wink wink Bob Hooton), then this kind of retaliatory gesture is to be expected and warranted. But sadly all this does is allow the government (both provincial and federal) to remain unaccountable. Colonialism 101 is divide and conquer, and it’s still the primary tactic of government here in Canada. I really hope a more collective approach to management/conservation comes out of this. It’s sorely needed.
As long as the recreational in-river salmon (including steelhead) fishery is managed on an unrestricted access, unlimited effort zero-sum game basis, there are going to be issues and conflicts.
As long as resident and non-resident continue to mislead and lie to themselves and the general public about the so-called economic 'benefits' (sic) of open-access style sport fishing, there will be no progress.
As long as anglers continue to delude themselves about the benefits of catch and release recreational fisheries for migratory salmonids, there will be no reconciliation.
This is an article I recently read that discusses the many problem without definite solutions relative to the OP fishery. It is worth a read IMO.
Rule changes and the future of the Olympic Peninsula’s wild steelhead. On Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, February is cold, dark and wet. Storms movewww.patagonia.com