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NEWS RELEASE · 7th March 2011
Ministry of Natural Resource
The Province has opted to maintain the current regulations in the Skeena River Steelhead Fishery for 2011 13 pending the outcome of a tourism and economic impacts study.

Since 2007, the Province has consulted with stakeholders under the Skeena Quality Waters Strategy. By consulting with resident anglers, guides, First Nations, local community and business leaders and non-resident anglers, the Province has developed a thorough understanding of stakeholder concerns around the steelhead fishery.

What remains to be investigated is the economic and tourism impacts of any possible regulation change. That is why the Province is conducting a study of those impacts to inform the next set of regulation changes for the 2013-15 angling seasons.

For more information on recommendations for angling management plans, visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/skeena/qws/
Skeena Quality Waters
Comment by Don Intermela on 12th March 2011
The QWS process for the Skeena region began in 2006. Issues regarding quality angling in our region have been apparent for years.
A significant level of time and effort has been contributed to this process on a voluntary basis.
The surprise announcement to delay,(some might say abandon),the management plan implementation came just days before the plans were scheduled to come into force.
This decision was likely made by a select few in upper government and represents a gigantic disservice to and obvious disregard for the resident angler population within BC and Canada.
Meanwhile, the commercial angling folk continue to do their best to attract more anglers to this region through magazines, TV footage,internet, etc. It seems to be convenient for some to avoid the abstract notion that there may in fact be impacts on the quality of our angling directly correlated to the number of anglers on a given fishery.
I won't be holding my breath for a 2013 implementation. If resident anglers are not prepared to vocalize strong opposition to this obvious injustice-then I believe our fisheries are doomed to continue along this ugly path for a very long time.

Don I.
Hazelton, B.C.