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Open letter goes to Jimmy Pattison to solve his fleet’s fishery problems

August 27th 2013

  

August 26, 2013

Open letter to Jimmy Pattison, Chair and CEO Jimmy Pattison Group

Dear Mr. Pattison,

As salmon and marine conservation organizations, we have long advocated for sustainable salmon fishing practices that benefit both salmon and coastal communities.

We recently released video footage of seine crews—some of them controlled by your company—seriously mishandling chum salmon and other species they are required to release as a conservation measure while fishing for abundant pink and coho salmon on the central coast of BC (watershed-watch.org/resources/north-coast-chum-discards). Resulting media coverage and positive messages we have received from commercial fishermen and the general public underscore both a broad interest in salmon conservation, and an urgent imperative to improve how fishermen handle and release “non-targeted” salmon from seriously depleted stocks.

Significant reform is required. The Pattison Group controls the largest portion of BC’s salmon seine fleet. Therefore, we believe that you personally must take a leadership role in minimizing harm to BC’s iconic salmon during the catching, sorting, and releasing process, while maximizing economic returns to fishermen and other British Columbians.

Our organizations work closely with commercial, aboriginal and recreational fishermen, fisheries managers, scientists, and others to improve conservation practices and the public’s confidence in BC’s fisheries. But despite our best efforts to address problems in these fisheries through government-led processes, which your representatives also participate in, matters have only become worse. We would prefer to work directly with fishermen, and with you and other salmon processors, to find lasting solutions to these problems.

We are thus requesting a meeting with you as soon as possible to talk about how we might proactively and positively improve salmon fisheries in British Columbia, to the benefit of all. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Craig Orr, Aaron Hill, Vicky Husband, Watershed Watch Salmon Society

Greg Knox, SkeenaWild Conservation Trust

Misty MacDuffee, Andrew Rosenberger, Raincoast Conservation Foundation

 

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2 Responses to “Open letter goes to Jimmy Pattison to solve his fleet’s fishery problems”

  1. judith kemp says:

    Thank you to you the dedicated and multi-talented marine specialists at Raincoast. Sincere thanks for implementing a strategy to work directly with The Pattison Group in order to implement sustainable salmon conservation practices. Practices that will be respectful of first nations communities and respectful all peoples who benefit from living on this amazing coast. The communication skills and background of each member of your team will undoubtedly set the foundation for a positive outcome with the Pattison Group. Unfortunately Government “Teams`rarely have the background, experience or real mandate to comprehend the science and or the significance of a sustainable fisheries practice.

  2. it is for the own good of everyone. nice letter indeed!

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