Petition to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
British Columbia's Interior Fraser River steelhead salmon, including the internationally renowned Thompson River steelhead, are classified by the Province of British Columbia as being in a state of extreme conservation concern, with fewer than two hundred fish expected to return to the Thompson River to spawn from a run that once numbered in the thousands;
Fewer than fifty steelhead are expected to return to the Chilcotin River;
Steelhead population trends are not monitored for the Nahatlach, Bridge, Seton and Stein rivers;
Steelhead population declines are persistent;
Steelhead are known to be intercepted in Canadian gill net and seine fisheries authorized by Fisheries and Oceans Canada;
Many British Columbian angling and conservation organizations have called for an Emergency Listing Order under the Species At Risk Act for Thompson River and Chilcotin River steelhead.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to issue an Emergency Listing Order under the Species At Risk Act for Interior Fraser Steelhead.
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