Project Description

First the West, Then the Rest

The ongoing story of how U.S. environmental groups are controlling the narrative about killer whales and closing recreational fishing in Canada, starting in British Columbia

Southern Resident killer whales are in the headlines. Some recreational anglers are concerned, specifically those in B.C.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has shut anglers out of vast popular salmon fishing areas in coastal British Columbia. They claim these closures are necessary to protect Chinook salmon, a major food source for killer whales. According to DFO, “with only 75 remaining, Southern Resident killer whales are critically endangered and are facing an imminent threat.”

DFO biologists are mandated with managing fish and marine mammal populations at healthy sustainable levels based on credible scientific data and professional standards. If DFO statements are to be believed, the present state of Chinook salmon and killer whale populations in B.C. would indicate a record of abysmal resource management failures by the agency. These failures border on professional incompetence.

But is there more to the story?

A few questions to ask regarding fishing closures and Southern Resident killer whales…

  • Is DFO struggling to adjust to long-term failures?
  • Has DFO drifted away from their historic mandate to instead partner with foreign and domestic non-government organizations?
  • Has DFO thereby adopted their NGO partners’ anti-fishing agendas? Do these agendas replace  credible science?
  • Is DFO and Minister Wilkinson manufacturing a killer whale crisis, therefore manipulating public sentiment to conceal their true intent of targeting recreational anglers?
  • Are Southern Resident killer whales actually experiencing a serious population decline as stated by DFO and their NGO partners?
  • Does closing Chinook salmon fishing make any difference?

The credible scientific data that DFO should be using does exist. This data reveals a very different story than what DFO Minister Wilkinson and the media are reporting. Are DFO staff and Minister Wilkinson being truthful?

You decide.

We will be sharing more about these issues over the coming days and weeks.

You can let your Member of Parliament know what you think. After all, DFO has ultimate authority over all the water and fish in Canada.

Coastal B.C. is only the beginning.

Please scroll down to read the most recent news about fishing closures in British Columbia.

Fast Facts About the Chinook Salmon Crisis in B.C.

Don't hook a Chinook? It seems that the Suzuki Foundation is saying "do what I say, not what I do." Dave Brown recently spoke with Jill Bennett about his concerns. He believes that politics has gotten in the way of [...]

6 Questions for Minister Wilkinson About Salmon Closures in British Columbia

The most restrictive fishing closures in 23 years were issued in May 2019 by Minister Wilkinson. The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson is the current Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard. In early July, concerned anglers in British Columbia [...]

3 Things You Shouldn’t Believe About Recreational Fishing

1. Anglers aren’t conservationists Anglers were some of the first conservationists. They recognize the importance of a healthy environment and the survival of all aquatic life, including Southern Resident Killer Whales. Anglers organize and run countless grassroots initiatives which enhance [...]

Killer Whales: Anglers are Not the Enemy

Many Canadians are concerned about the survival of killer whales. While reports seem to suggest the situation is dire, the research paints a much more complex picture. Data on Southern Resident Killer Whales, beginning in the 1960s, shows their populations [...]

These B.C. Residents are Trying to Save Chinook Salmon

Anglers want to save Chinook salmon. Here is how they believe it should be done. Upper Fraser Chinook salmon are at risk. There are many causes, including increased seal populations, climate change, pollution and the warm water blob. However, many people are trying [...]

A Letter From the Sport Fishing Institute of BC to Minister Wilkinson

July 10, 2019 - A letter to Minister Wilkinson regarding MSF, retaining marked hatchery Chinook and opportunity for the public fishery on the south coast of BC. The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, MPMinister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard [...]

Chinook Salmon Closures: a Harbinger of Closures to Come

According to the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the drastic 2019 restrictions on Chinook salmon fishing will negatively impact over 9,000 jobs at tackle stores, fishing lodges, marinas and other tourism operations. 26% of these businesses believe they will have [...]