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CONTRIBUTION · 24th August 2013
Skeena Wild
Open Letter to: Jim Pattison - Chairman and CEO -The Jim Pattison Group

Subject: Request to Meet to Resolve Conservation Issues in Your Seine Fisheries

Dear Mr. Pattison,

As salmon and marine conservation organizations, we have long advocated for sustainable salmon fishing practices that benefit both salmon and coastal communities.

We recently released video footage of seine crews—some of them controlled by your company—seriously mishandling chum salmon and other species they are required to release as a conservation measure while fishing for abundant pink and coho salmon on the central coast of BC (watershed-watch.org/resources/north-coast-chumdiscards).

Resulting media coverage and positive messages we have received from commercial fishermen and the general public underscore both a broad interest in salmon conservation, and an urgent imperative to improve how fishermen handle and release “non-targeted” salmon from seriously depleted stocks.

Significant reform is required. The Pattison Group controls the largest portion of BC’s salmon seine fleet. Therefore, we believe that you personally must take a leadership role in minimizing harm to BC’s iconic salmon during the catching, sorting, and releasing process, while maximizing economic returns to fishermen and other British Columbians.

Our organizations work closely with commercial, aboriginal and recreational fishermen, fisheries managers, scientists, and others to improve conservation practices and the public’s confidence in BC’s fisheries. But despite our best efforts to address problems in these fisheries through government-led processes, which your representatives also participate in, matters have only become worse.

We would prefer to work directly with fishermen, and with you and other salmon processors, to find lasting solutions to these problems.

We are thus requesting a meeting with you as soon as possible to talk about how we might proactively and positively improve salmon fisheries in British Columbia, to the benefit of all. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Craig Orr, Aaron Hill, Vicky Husband, Watershed Watch Salmon Society

Greg Knox, Greg Taylor, SkeenaWild Conservation Trust

Misty MacDuffee, Andrew Rosenburger, Raincoast Conservation Foundation
coho salmon
Comment by gary on 10th September 2013
i heard a rumor today that the 25
% abundance of coho salmon that would be returning to the skeena river will not be comming , rumored that the seine fishing fleet took over 600,000 coho this yr a thought on the kasiks river only has a run of 20,000 coho if that run was in the 600,00 taken there would be no fish in the kasiks at all is there any trueth in this rumor if this was to be true i dont see any logic in the system to maintaine any control of salmon returns to our river sysem
re....not enough
Comment by Larry on 26th August 2013
Well said......I couldn't agree more. The time for change is due.
not enough
Comment by richard on 26th August 2013
jimmy paterson, glen clark and associates controlling almost every tpye of bussiness worth anything. they control your econemy. empty your life saving. like they don`t have enough. money, plain greed. no wonder were taxed to death. even after. tax on everything we need. plain greed. goverment is no different as they all sleep in the same bed of wealth.while thousands suffer . control. to live a normal life.begging