Submitter: David Loewen
Community: Prince George
Date Submitted: October 13, 2010
(The attached presentation was provided to the commission at the Prince George public forum as part of the submission by David Loewen.)
The attached presentation describes the evolutionary history of salmon and their importance to the people and animals of the North Pacific. It addresses the complexity of the issues facing salmon, including logging, and emphasizes that preserving salmon habitat is easier than repairing it. The presentation also highlights gaps between DFO's current estimate of historical salmon populations and past estimates, as well as perceived deficiencies of the Wild Salmon Policy. It discusses how salmon energy links social and ecological systems, and calls for the implementation of ecosystem based fisheries management that includes citizen participation and local knowledge.