First Nations Fisheries and
Recreational Fisheries:
Fraser River Fisheries Information  link arrows (DFO)

Purpose/Goal: Improve relationships between First Nations and other interests in the lower Fraser River salmon fishery to create a more orderly, safe, and sustainable fishery for the benefit of salmon, those that fish for salmon, and those that derive an economy from the fishery.

Risk/business case: It has been observed by managers, users, and public policy-makers that the annual cycles and variable opportunities to fish for salmon in the lower Fraser River can pit Food, Social and Ceremonial (FSC), economic and sport fishing interests against each other in their competition for limited time, supply and space. This approach makes it especially difficult for managers to effectively plan, monitor and account for orderly access. The absence of “Peacemaking” will increase costs of consultation, monitoring and management planning for lower Fraser River salmon fisheries.

Finding ways to share the Fraser River
Catch Monitoring: Cooperative priorities between the two fisheries include exploring options for joint monitoring objectives to improve trust in each other’s catches as the basis for improved in-season decision-making. Since the arrival of salmon in the river fisheries is also the time when improved stock assessment drives harvest management in-river, competing fisheries need to build decision-making capacity together in the interest of orderly and conservation-based plans. Distrust of recorded catch numbers from each other’s fisheries is a key driver of distrust, conflict and presents the risk of over fishing by both sectors. Working together to improve monitoring and in-season catch reporting will help to confirm the accuracy of reported numbers and help to develop respect and understanding of each other’s fisheries as the precursor to collaborative decision-making.

River Manners

Responsible Fishing – Code of Conduct