The House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans released its report on Wild Atlantic Salmon in Eastern Canada on Jan. 30.
The Committee began its work in April, 2016 and held meetings in Ottawa and in Miramichi. It summoned various witnesses from the conservation community, government, academia and First Nations. ASF's Bill Taylor and Jon Carr were both summoned to appear as witnesses. Jon Carr met with the Committee during its visit to Miramichi and ASF President Bill Taylor appeared before the Committee in Ottawa.
That the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans undertook “a comprehensive study on the conservation, restoration and socio-economic issues related to Atlantic salmon in Canada” is significant, particularly as it closely follows the Ministerial Advisory Committee’s Report on Wild Atlantic Salmon and DFO’s own Forward Plan for Wild Atlantic Salmon Conservation and Management. Atlantic salmon conservation has captured the interest and concern of the Canadian government in a way not seen for many years.
The Standing Committee’s report provides excellent background to the current status of Atlantic salmon stocks and the priority issues affecting the species. The report offers a number of recommendations for government action on key issues such as the need for more resources to support research on salmon survival at sea, the need to move towards river by river management, concern about the impacts of open net pen salmon aquaculture and the need for more support for closed containment salmon farming, the Greenland fishery and more.
Below is a pdf of the report.