Pacific Salmon Foundation Announces Release of the Skeena Independent Science Review Panel Salmon Management Recommendations

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The Pacific Salmon Foundation is pleased to release the findings and recommendations of the Skeena Independent Science Review Panel (SISRP). The Panel has recommended principles for new ways to manage fisheries in the Skeena watershed, while taking into account the Wild Salmon Policy, respect for the interests of First Nations people, and the sustainability of commercial and recreational fisheries for the people of Canada.

The Pacific Salmon Foundation is pleased to release the findings and recommendations of the Skeena Independent Science Review Panel (SISRP). The Panel used the best available data to review current scientific knowledge and management of salmon and steelhead in the Skeena River watershed, one of the most diverse and productive salmon-bearing ecosystems in the world. The Panel identified additional monitoring and data collection that would be needed to improve fisheries management and implement Canada's Wild Salmon Policy (WSP). The Panel has recommended principles for new ways to manage fisheries in the Skeena watershed, while taking into account the WSP, respect for the interests of First Nations people, and the sustainability of commercial and recreational fisheries for the people of Canada.

The conservation of wild Skeena salmon and steelhead, as well as their habitats, is a high priority. The Panel's review of salmon management was jointly sanctioned by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the British Columbia Ministry of the Environment (MoE), but the Panel carried out its work with complete independence from both of those agencies. The recommendations of the Panel will be used to inform decisions about the conduct and governance of Skeena River fisheries. The Panel would like to acknowledge and compliment both DFO and MoE for their cooperation and expedient responses to queries and data requests.

The Skeena Independent Science Review Panel has been managed by the Pacific Salmon Foundation with funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The Panel is composed of four independent scientists: Dr. John Reynolds - Simon Fraser University, Dr. Randall Peterman - Simon Fraser University, Dr. Carl Walters - University of British Columbia, and US independent fisheries consultant Jim Lichatowich. The Panel's work took place between January and April 2008. LGL Ltd. of Sidney, B.C. provided technical support for data analysis.

The Panel will present its findings at a public meeting in Terrace, B.C., on June 10th, 2008 at the Best Western Terrace Inn from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. DFO, MOE, and Skeena Fisheries Commission officials and the public will provide comments on the report at that time.

The Report is available to download in PDF form at: http://www.psf.ca/sisrp.pdf

About the Pacific Salmon Foundation
The Pacific Salmon Foundation was established in 1987 as an independent, non-profit charitable organization and a national leader in the conservation and recovery of wild Pacific salmon. PSF directs funding to strategic conservation and restoration efforts as well as to grassroots, volunteer-driven projects in BC and the Yukon.

For further information contact: Pacific Salmon Foundation 604-664-7664, http://www.psf.ca
Chad Brealey - Director, Communications cbrealey@psf.ca

Chad Brealey
Director, Communications
Pacific Salmon Foundation
cbrealey@psf.ca
mobile 604 616 5913
office 604 664 7664
fax 604 664 7665
http://www.psf.ca
http://www.thinksalmon.com
Suite 300 - 1682 West 7th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 4S6

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