Wild Salmon Policy
Wild Pacific salmon are iconic species that hold cultural, social, and economic significance for Canadians, and DFO remains committed to implementing the WSP in order to conserve and protect this valuable resource. Since 2005, the Department has used the WSP to guide its work in order to contribute to the goal of the WSP, which is to restore and maintain healthy and diverse salmon populations and their habitats for the benefit and enjoyment of the people of Canada in perpetuity.
DFO is working collaboratively with partners to develop a detailed implementation plan. Since publication of the 2005 WSP, it is clear that the implementation aspects of the WSP document are not detailed enough. Developing a detailed implementation plan will allow Canadians to track progress on the WSP goal. As well, the need for a detailed implementation plan was confirmed by recommendations from both the Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River (Cohen Commission) in 2012, and an independent review of the policy by Gardner Pinfold in 2011.
For more information about consultations on this work, please visit Wild Salmon Policy (WSP) Consultations.
Canada's Policy for Conservation of Wild Pacific Salmon (WSP) represents Fisheries and Oceans Canada's commitment to maintain healthy and diverse populations of salmon that will support sustainable fisheries now, and meet the needs of future generations. WSP places conservation of salmon and their habitat as the first priority for resource management and encourages people throughout British Columbia and the Yukon to contribute to decisions about salmon conservation that reflect societal values.
Restore and maintain healthy and diverse salmon populations and their habitats for the benefit and enjoyment of the people of Canada in perpetuity.
- Safeguard the genetic diversity of wild Pacific salmon
- Maintain habitat and ecosystem integrity
- Manage fisheries for sustainable benefits
- Strategy 1: Standardized monitoring of wild salmon status
- Strategy 2: Assessment of habitat status
- Strategy 3: Inclusion of ecosystem values and monitoring
- Strategy 4: Integrated strategic planning
- Strategy 5: Annual program delivery
- Strategy 6: Performance review
- Conservation of wild salmon and their habitats is the highest priority
- Honour obligations to First Nations
- Sustainable use
- Open and transparent decision-making
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