A growing number of angling and conservation groups, fishing guides, and representatives from British Columbia’s $963 million sport fishing industry have joined forces to address the recent attacks on sport salmon fishing opportunities on the Fraser River. Did you know that this once flourishing fishery would contribute $100 million to the provincial economy every year? The Fraser River is currently closed to the sport fishing industry, despite the fact that selective fishing techniques would allow anglers to fish safely for non-threatened species.
The Fraser River Sportfishing Alliance (FRSA), as a collective voice of the recreational sport fishing community, has called on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to take the following actions:
- Manage the Fraser River salmon fishery in a manner that recognizes the rights of recreational anglers
- Ensure that the recreational sector’s post-conservation salmon allocation is not transferred to other sectors
- Recognize the economic and social value of the recreational fishing industry
- Ensure sustainable management so that this Canadian, natural, and public resource will be enjoyed by future generations
This is not a simple task and we know that significant costs will be incurred in our efforts to protect sustainable access to the Fraser River. Therefore, the FRSA is asking any business, organization or individuals impacted by the loss of recreational salmon fishing to consider contributing, donating, or joining as a member.