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e-3676 (Fisheries)

Initiated by Gregory Gordon from Kamloops, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

  • British Columbia's Interior Fraser River steelhead, a group of several stocks including the internationally renowned Thompson River steelhead, are classified by the Province of British Columbia as an extreme conservation concern;
  • This year, fewer than 75 Thompson River steelhead are expected to return from a run that numbered in the thousands as recently as the first decade of this century;
  • Fewer than 35 steelhead are expected to return to the Chilcotin River;
  • The remaining stocks in the Interior Fraser steelhead group, collectively known as the West Fraser stock (Nahatlach, Bridge, Seton and Stein rivers,) have disappeared from both provincial and federal fisheries management agencies agendas and are not monitored;
  • Steelhead are intercepted in Canadian gill net and seine fisheries, including Aboriginal Food, Social and Ceremonial fisheries, which seek other co-migrating salmon and are authorized by Fisheries and Oceans Canada without due regard for Interior Fraser steelhead; and
  • In 2018, Fisheries and Oceans Canada unilaterally altered the scientific advice provided by Canada's Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) to avoid listing Interior Fraser steelhead under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). A second review by COSEWIC has resulted in a second classification of Interior Fraser steelhead as endangered and a second recommendation for listing under SARA. That recommendation has the support of a broad array of provincial, federal and international conservation organizations.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to recommend to Cabinet that Interior Fraser Steelhead are finally given the protection deserved under SARA.
Open for signature
November 26, 2021, at 10:43 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 26, 2022, at 10:43 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Lisa Marie Barron (Nanaimo—Ladysmith)
May 13, 2022 (Petition No. 441-00463)
Photo - Lisa Marie Barron
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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