Salmon for wildlife

Elected officials need to hear public support for allocating  salmon to bears.

The federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans makes decisions every day that effect the allocation of salmon to various interests.  Until very recently, wildlife were never mentioned in the decision-making process.   Now, a policy exists that states the ecosystem, specifically bears and other wildlife, needs to be considered, but this policy has not been implemented despite its five year existence.

Minister Ashfield needs to hear that allocating salmon to grizzlies, wolves, killer whales, eagles and many more species that utilize salmon at critical times of the year is a responsibility that both the public and a federal policy support.  Fisheries and Oceans needs to implement the ecosystem objectives of Canada’s Wild Salmon Policy.

Fisheries and Oceans Minister
The Honourable Keith Ashfield
House of Commons
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Parliament Buildings, Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1A 0A6

Email: Min [at] dfo-mpo [dot] gc [dot] ca

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Coastal wolf with a salmon in its month.
Photo by Dene Rossouw.