Chinook salmon stocks have dramatically declined in recent years. (Black Press)

Ways to boost salmon stocks focus of Sooke meeting

Fishery expert Brian Riddell will make presentation, answer questions

Options to protect, restore, and enhance wild salmon stocks will be up for discussion at a public forum in Sooke on April 4.

The meeting, sponsored by Sooke Forum, a non-partisan volunteer group, is to help raise understanding of what’s going on with wild salmon populations and what the future holds for fisheries.

“This is a timely talk given the approaching salmon fishing season and pending closure announcements from [the federal Fisheries Department], said George Butcher, a Sooke Forum spokesman.

RELATED: Spring fishery closures mulled for south coast

Sooke Forum has enlisted one of Canada’s top salmon biologists, Brian Riddell, to lead the discussion and answer questions.

Riddell is an internationally recognized fishery scientist with an extensive background in salmon research, fisheries management, and policy development.

He is president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wild Pacific salmon and their habitat.

Prior to joining the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Riddell worked for 30 years in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans science branch where he co-authored Canada’s policy for Conservation of Wild Pacific Salmon and contributed scientific input to the Pacific Salmon Treaty with the U.S.

The meeting is April 1 at 7 p.m. at Edward Milne Community School theatre.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

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