Ducks Unlimited Canada will partner with Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Tsawwassen First Nation and the Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance to deliver three projects over the next two years with investments from the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund.
Sumas First Nation Chief Dalton Silver surveys the flooded Sumas Prairie. Photo: Tina House/APTN
Salmon stocks on the Fraser have tumbled in the past decade, leading Fisheries and Oceans Canada to limit Indigenous food fisheries on the river, even as some recreational fishing is allowed. While the decision has caused tensions, there is one point where both anglers and First Nations agree: DFO is failing the salmon and the people who love and depend on them.
“We’re literally losing our food security, but also our cultural security and integrity and connection to the Fraser River and the salmon species that go along with it,”
A new study looks at the connection between declining salmon numbers in the Fraser River and habitat loss.
‘We have to work together to rebuild these stocks while there is still time,’