From: Simon Fraser University
Published August 29, 2017 08:19 AM

Record-low salmon monitoring

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is not monitoring enough spawning streams to accurately assess the health of Pacific salmon, according to a new study led by Simon Fraser University researchers Michael Price and John Reynolds.

The study, published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, reveals that the DFO does not have enough data to determine the status of 50 per cent of all managed salmon populations along B.C.’s north and central coasts.

Analysis of DFO's own data by the SFU researchers, and researchers from other institutions, shows that the annual number of streams monitored by the DFO has steadily decreased to a record low. This despite a key commitment of Canada’s Wild Salmon Policy to assess the health of salmon populations, and to increase the abundance of those populations deemed at risk.


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