The BC Greens are calling for a centralized representative for wild salmon and recommend government appoint a Wild Salmon Commissioner and supporting secretariat.
A Wild Salmon Commissioner and Secretariat would:
- Serve as a unifying force in the provincial government to see the big picture and ensure that all the fisheries work being done within the BC government is aligned towards a consistent, positive outcome.
- Be a strong defender of wild salmon in negotiations with the federal government
- Be a champion for wild salmon who can work to address threats and begin to rebuild declining stocks.
This representative and its supporting secretariat would coordinate the work being done within the provincial government and to be a strong advocate for salmon federally. While the decision making authority must remain with the Minister(s) and the policy work within the ministries, a salmon commissioner would ensure the overarching objectives for wild salmon are properly weighted in decision making. Continue reading about our recommendation here.