A template and contacts!

Hey all,

Below is a template to help those of you understand the issues (as I see them) and how you can help. I’ve heard a lot of people comment that because they are not Canadians they couldn’t possibly make a difference. Wrong! It’s your contribution to our economy as fishers and potential fishers that make a difference.

Your Name
Your Street Address
Your City, State
ZIP Code


Hon. Gail Shea
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Room 556, Confederation Buildling
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A6

(619) 992-9223

Dear Minister Shea,

PARAGRAPH 1: Who you are and where you are from.

PARAGRAPH 2: What your grievance is and how you are personally affected by the issue.

Issue: Gill net Chum Salmon fisheries in region 8. Impact on salmon and steelhead.

PARAGRAPH 3: What you see as a solution. “I would like to see…”

Things such as:

–            openings over a smaller area.
–            fisheries closer to the source.
–            no fisheries when abundance lacking.

PARAGRAPH 4: How this solution would impact (help you).


Your Name

***Ideally, all letters would sent via snail mail. But if time is restricted, emails can be sent to those that provide them. Phone calls are also extremely effective***


You can voice any opinion or grievance you have but here are some major ones.

1. Geographic size of the openings- the openings have been conducted over the length of Dean Channel and out to Fitz Hugh sound; from sub zones 8-1 to 8-8. A huge area being fished for multiple days a week; doesn’t allow enough times between openings to let any fish through.

REQUEST: Openings in smaller geographic areas. Openings in 1 or 2 sub zones to allow an adequate fish passed the commercial fleet.

2. Fisheries Closer to the Source- when targeting specific runs of fish the commercial fisheries should be conducted closer to the natal streams. Opening in outer reaches of Dean Channel intercept sensitive stocks destined for many non-target rivers.

REQUEST: Fisheries done closer to the mouths of target rivers and complete avoidance of sensitive areas.

3. No Fisheries when Abundance Lacking- Chum fisheries have been allowed to continue despite the fact that WILD chum numbers in Area 8 are very poor and extremely sensitive stocks are intercepted at same time.

REQUEST: No commercial fishing for any species when sufficient numbers are not present.


* Substitute one of these 4 names into the letter or any other public official you see fit. The one in the template is for federal fisheries minister Gail Shea.


Hon. Gail Shea
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Room 556
Confederation Building
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A6

(613) 992-9223



Honerable Mary Polak
Environment Minister
PO BOX 9047
Victoria, BC
V8W 9E2

(250) 387-1187



Dan Wagner
Fisheries Management Coordinator, DFO
PO BOX 130
Bella Coola, BC
V0T 1C0

(250) 799-5620



Jennifer Rice
North Coast MLA
Room 201
Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC
V8V 1X4

250 387-3655



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