FRSA Statement


The Fraser River Sportfishing Alliance was formed in 2016 in a effort to bring a collective voice for the Public Fishery that is focused on ensuring sustainable fisheries for the future. A comprehensive plan to address the list of concerns and challenges needs to be implemented within an urgent time frame. FRSA is dedicated to providing a collaborative voice and venue to bring solutions forward and being an integral part of building a recovery plan for all sectors.


The leadership of FRSA brings a knowledgeable, committed directorship for the promotion and education of the values and requirements for the public fishery in the province of British Columbia. FRSA has opened the dialogue to include all parties that share and depend on a healthy and sustainable Salmon resource.


The downward trend and declining returns of Salmon and Steelhead are alarming with some stocks at virtual extinction. Many genetically unique runs are in critical or endangered status resulting in serious challenges to balancing the commitments and requirements to the people in this province with diminishing numbers of fish. This is an emergency scenario that needs urgent and drastic measures to avoid expiration of some species.


The Fraser River Sport Fishing Alliance will continue to bring the issues forward in a collaborative and respectful manner that is necessary to create a recovery plan that will protect endangered stocks and increase fish escapements for the future.


FRSA is working to bring creative, forward thinking, and resourceful planning to develop and test selective fishing technologies that will reduce interception of species of concern and allow opportunities on abundant stocks. These opportunities are critical to continue to provide the social and economic values that make up our traditional and historic fisheries. It is up to all sectors to save future fisheries for our respective generations and design fishing methods that with support sustainability and a better future for everyone.


The public fishery is a treasured resource for all British Columbians. It is time to bring realistic solutions to the table and prioritize strategic plans to save our fishing resource for all B.C. residents. It’s time to put the fish first with conservation efforts supported by all and create opportunities resulting from cooperative efforts, resulting in more effective joint management strategies. The FRSA will continue to bring all interested parties, concerned individuals and groups together in a spirit of co-operation that builds trust, respect and understanding. We will continue to work with government agencies and First Nations and Commercial sectors through on-going collaborative processes toward saving this priceless resource for our children and grandchildren.


Please join us today. Future generations are depending on your commitment.

FRSA directors

Support Needed

Our West Coast Fishery needs your support:

The Fraser River Sportfishing Alliance is asking for support from Corporations that benefit from a healthy West Coast fishery. The social and economic values are significant and deserve to be acknowledged and fought for. FRSA is dedicated to the effort of protecting the heritage and traditional fisheries. Time is critical, therefore drastic measures are necessary before it is too late and recovery will only be wishful thinking.

The Fraser River Sport Fishing Alliance was established in 2016. We are asking for your support:

Our Mandate:

  1. To preserve and entrench the Public Fishing heritage in British Columbia for future generations.
  2. To demand that our elected officials manage our BC Salmon fishery equitably for all sectors.
  3. To demand that the social and economic value of the Fraser River Salmon Fishery be recognized, represented, and supported.
  4. Ensure the public fishery allocation of Salmon stocks are not allocated to other user groups.
  5. To continue to respect the constitutional rights of First Nations for food and ceremonial access to the resource.
  6. To work together in co-operations with organizations and sectors to protect the fisheries for all British Columbians.
  7. To work with government and First Nations to ensure conservation is the number 1 priority.
  8. Provide a collective voice for all Canadian citizens concerned about the future of our Public fishery in building a strategic recovery plan.
  9. To work within the recreational community towards selective fisheries and respect for or all user groups.
  10. To demand that DFO manage the BC fisheries responsibly, providing the required necessary resources to protect fish with enforcement keeping users within the law.

FRSA is dedicated to sustainable fisheries for the future.

FRSA promotes:

  • Conservation
  • Lobbying Government officials
  • Legal counsel
  • Entrenching our presence and establishing a greater voice
  • Preservation of this priceless heritage for our children and grandchildren by working together.

FRSA has created an umbrella organization that represents:

  • individuals in the public fishery
  • the guided fishing industry
  • retailer operators, agencies, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors in the fishing and boating industry
  • lodging operators
  • fish and game clubs
  • all the major organizations membership of anglers and outdoorsmen in the province of BC.

FRSA is dedicated to protecting the west coast fishery and the opportunities that it provides to the taxpayers in the province of BC.

FRSA is reaching out to all British Columbians in an effort to bring everyone together to address the serious issues that are impacting the traditional fisheries and heritage that is being lost.

FRSA is dedicated to assist in developing a strategic recovery plan with all parties. This includes DFO managers, political leaders and all organizations that have an invested interest in protecting our fisheries for the future in a collective and forward-thinking plan.

FRSA will not stand down and witness the continuing decline of opportunity due to serious conservation concerns that are increasing each year due to government’s inability to address the root problems with a recovery plan the is long overdue and sustainable.

FRSA supports conservation as the first priority. Selective fishing during times of abundance will be the mandate for opportunities moving forward.

How can you help:

  • Corporate/ Partnership membership.
  • Cash donations are very important to FRSA. Options to support include any products, guided trips and or lodging as contra valued at full retail consideration. Corporate memberships are listed on FRSA web site with a high recognition of their commitment and support.

Initial Contribution levels:

Bronze $500 – Silver 1000 – Gold 2500 – Platinum 5000 – Platinum+ 10000

FRSA is asking for a 5 year commitment in order to secure funding for the programs listed below.

Donations for specific programs are being developed.

  • Round table
  • Legal fund
  • Recovery plan
  • Conservation fund:
  • Data collection, Creels and support.

Please join us today in the fight to save our fishery for the future.

FRSA Director
Chair of Fund-raising committee
Fred Helmer

FRSA – “Sustainable Fisheries for the Future…”

Fraser River Demonstration Fishery

Urgent Notice

Over the past several years the FRSA and member organizations individually and through the Sport Fish Advisory Board have tried to secure a selective bar fishery on the Fraser River. Despite our attempts to work with DFO staff this request continues to be denied.

This method of angling has proven to be truly selective and is an important part of our fishing heritage. A recent request to access healthy runs of late chinook in river was again denied despite openings at the mouth & on-going net fisheries. To further demonstrate our ability to fish selectively the FRSA and member organizations have arranged a Demonstration fishery to be held Sept 9th to further document our valid requests for equitable opportunity.

If you are concerned about the angling opportunities for your future generations please attend this event to be launched from Island 22 boat launch Wed Sept 9th. Boat transportation will be provided to designated fishing areas where possible. Please ensure you have a valid fresh water license and be at the launch at 7:30 AM for further details.

All participants will be expected to act respectfully toward any DFO staff and other sectors on the river. This is not a protest!! Lets demonstrate we can be respectful while demanding equitable opportunities going forward. Please follow Covid 19 guidelines and socially distance.

Urgent Letter to Fisheries & Oceans

“URGENT”


Fisheries & Oceans Canada
200 401 Burrard St
Vancouver, B.C.
Att: Rebecca Reid, RDG

Dear Rebecca:

We the undersigned groups are requesting your immediate attention to our request for a Fraser River Recreational Bar Fishing Test fishery targeting 4/1 Chinook. This opening would commence Sept 1st to Sept 21st for the mainstream Fraser River from the mouth to Hope. We suggest this opening is justified with earlier Chinook stocks of concern having migrated through the river and the target species would be more plentiful late summer chinook. Our request for an opening would also coincide with the announced Sept 1st Tidal opening as well as ongoing net fisheries.

The Public fishery continues to support required conservation measures despite tremendous
economic loss and loss of important family bonding fishing heritage. Our continued support is
contingent on consideration of openings when stocks permit. Our proposal would include a one fish daily limit for anglers with cessation of fishing after retention.

The groups supportive of this proposal and we believe the community at large could provide some of the stewardship and monitoring in conjunction with your C&P staff.

We suggest the following as rational for our request:

1. By Sept 1st 5/2 chinook have passed and more abundant 4/1 chinook in river. Coincides with F/N net fisheries & announced opening in outside waters.

2. Bar fishing only with a restricted leader length and minimum weight size. This method
has demonstrated for years virtually zero impact on other stocks of concern. This evidence is factual not anecdotal.

3. This would be promoted as a Test fishery with a high presence of volunteers to advise anglers of protocol at major launch areas. Signage and handouts would be provided with messaging to be determined in coordination with your staff. The public fishery would also have monitors on site at significant fishing sites.

4. The Fraser River Public fishery has been very supportive recently of collaboration with F/N and your staff toward sharing the resource on the Chehalis and Vedder Rivers. We expect reciprocal consideration of our requested opportunities.

5. The financial loss to the communities from ongoing closures has been tremendous. A Sept 1st
Chinook opening would play a small but significant role in offsetting some of these losses.

6. The social value of this opening cannot be over emphasized particularly during these pandemic restricted times. The public needs more family oriented safe outdoor activities.

7. Granting a restricted public chinook fishery would help to demonstrate that DFO recognizes and values the Public Fishery and wants to work with the community toward opportunities when conservation concerns abated.

8. Documented past creel census on the Fraser River demonstrates that the impact of a Bar fishery has minimum impact on stocks compared to other sectors.

We cannot overemphasize the current frustrations and growing anger within our communities. The groups represented below do our best to provide respectful collaboration on the issues. For us to continue to speak for our many members and hopefully the public at large it must be demonstrated that our input is valued and seriously considered. We ask that you instruct your senior Fraser River staff to immediately arrange a meeting to review our proposal as we are open to suggestions how this fishery could proceed.

Thank you for your consideration of our urgent request for an opening. We remain committed to
conservation tempered with selective fishing opportunities for all sectors.

Fraser River Sport Fishing Alliance
B.C. Federation of Drift Fishers
Fraser Valley Salmon Society
Public Fishery Alliance
Fraser Valley Guides Association
Vancouver Sport Fishing Guides Association