Submission 0190-FETTERLEY

Submitter: Shawn Fetterley

Community: North Vancouver

Date Submitted: September 15, 2023

The major contributing factors for the decline of salmon populations must be identified. In addition, bycatches must be eliminated, fish tracking and forecasting methods must be improved, pressure on returning salmon must be relieved, enforcement must be enhanced, fish farms must be removed from the open ocean, and other communities that have lost their fisheries must be consulted.

1. We need to source the major contributing factors for Salmon population decrease.
2. We need to find a way to eliminate by catch and prevent unecssary death even if it means closing down fisheries for a certain period of time.
3. We need the ability to properly track returning fish, release of fry from spawning grounds and expected return of runs each year.
4. we need to relieve pressure on the Salmon once they reach fresh water or the first mile of the river.
5. we need to find a system that allows proper enforcement for all parties including but not limited to commercial, recreational and most importantly native.
6. We need to remove the fish farms from open ocean to inland salt water lakes, not just away from migratory paths.
7. We need to listen to the other communities in Canada and Europe who have lost their fisheries and act on it now, not in 5 years.

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