VICTORIA, B.C. — B.C. Green MLA Adam Olsen joined Premier John Horgan and Mike Meneer of the Pacific Salmon Foundation to mark B.C. Wild Salmon Day at the legislature.
“Good salmon policy is good economic, social, and environmental policy,” said MLA Olsen, B.C. Green spokesperson for salmon. “In our submission to budget 2019, our caucus advocated for substantial funding for the Pacific Salmon Foundation to support their community wild salmon restoration and conservation projects. We’re glad to see that today that government is actioning our recommendations.”
MLA Olsen was instrumental in the formation of the provincial government’s Wild Salmon Advisory Council, and as a member of Tsartslip First Nation, comes from a long line of Coast Salish reef-netters.
“It’s great to stand with my friends from the Pacific Foundation as they receive the funding they need to continue their essential work with communities. Whether you are a multi-generational British Columbian or you have just arrived on the west coast, you likely have salmon close to your heart. But with every passing day, and each new generation of British Columbians, the power of the wild Pacific salmon is quietly diminishing.
“Our shifting baseline of what is normal for wild salmon returns to our rivers is slipping from millions to thousands, thousands to hundreds, hundreds to dozens. Our salmon are facing numerous challenges and we need to take responsibility, and urgent action, to protect them.”
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