Message from the Regional Director General

September 29, 2017

Thank you for your interest in the Draft 2018-2022 Wild Salmon Policy Implementation Plan – For Consultations. We are pleased to share a copy of this draft plan for your feedback and are looking forward to having thoughtful discussions during the months ahead as we work to finalize this plan.

As you know, since 2005, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has used Canada’s Policy for Conservation of Wild Pacific Salmon (commonly referred to as the Wild Salmon Policy or WSP) to guide wild Pacific Salmon-related work on a day-to-day basis. At the same time, First Nations, provincial and territorial partners, and stakeholders have also undertaken important work that supports the goal and objectives of the WSP. We know that there is an appetite for a detailed plan beyond the action steps listed in the WSP, and following a series of broad engagement sessions between October 2016 and March 2017, DFO received advice and information from First Nations, partners, and stakeholders to develop this initial draft.

This draft implementation plan outlines DFO’s planned work over the next five years—from 2018-2022—that supports Pacific wild salmon and salmon habitat conservation across BC and Yukon. It also highlights some of the many ongoing contributions other groups make in support of Pacific wild salmon. But it remains a work in progress, and throughout fall 2017 we hope to get your feedback on the document at one of our consultation sessions or electronically at WildSalmonPolicy@dfo-mpo.gc.ca. As you read through the draft plan, keep an eye out for elements you think could use more elaboration, or where things might not be as clear or accurate as they could be. Think about projects you know about or are involved in that are planned for 2018-2022 that will add to the planned activities already included.

DFO recognizes that achieving the goal of the WSP requires collaborating with others and the goal of having a robust implementation plan is no different. With your support we can build an even stronger implementation plan with the ultimate goal of restoring and maintaining healthy Pacific salmon populations for generations to come. Thank you and I look forward to the opportunity for further discussion through the fall consultation sessions. For more information on the fall consultations please visit http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/consultation/wsp-pss/index-eng.html).

Rebecca Reid
Regional Director General
Pacific Region