Community buy-in and engagement
Their first order of business, to be completed over the first few months, could be to strike an external advisory/oversight board with members from all regions of the province and all major stakeholders. This strategy would allow for immediate political leadership, coordination of existing salmon initiatives within government, and the creation of a more robust, long-term plan to ensure the work continues beyond election cycles.
Restoring wild salmon populations
The mandate should focus on increasing wild salmon populations by addressing the cumulative impacts that are affecting fish in our oceans, rivers and streams while restoring salmon habitat. This mandate would, in turn, begin to fix the disjointed approach to wild salmon management we currently have in within our provincial government. If done effectively, it would also begin to rebuild a thriving commercial wild salmon fishery in communities throughout our province.