The B.C. government’s wild salmon advisory council meets in Colwood on Thursday to hear from South Island residents about restoring wild stocks and the future of B.C. fisheries.
The meeting takes place between 6 and 8 p.m. at the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre (Kinsmen Fieldhouse). Registration opens at 5:30 p.m.
Members of the council in attendance include Nanaimo-North Cowichan NDP MLA Doug Routley and Mike Hicks, who is the CRD director for the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. Premier John Horgan is also expected to attend the meeting.
It’s part of a series of meetings to gather feedback about a strategy report released by the advisory council in September. Those who can’t attend the meeting can submit feedback using an online form until Jan. 11.
The report outlines policy options for restoring and protecting B.C.’s dwindling wild salmon stocks, along with related economic development and fisheries management issues.
Salmon stocks are hard to calculate with certainty due to the multitude of streams and species in B.C., but the overall abundance of wild salmon has declined since the 1950s, according to the report.
The 14-member wild salmon advisory council was announced by the provincial government in June.