Recreational anglers who want to learn more about the West Coast fishery or share their comments or concerns, including about BC’s salmon population, are invited to a series of community meetings hosted by the Sport Fishing Institute of British Columbia.
The two-hour meetings begin today (April 26) at the Westin Wall Center in Richmond and run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., continuing at the same times on April 27 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Langford and April 29 in Campbell River at the Coast Discovery Inn.
Presentations and introductions will be brief to allow time for discussion, the institute said in a statement.
Members of the Institute include angling guides, owners of tackle shops, fishing lodges, hotels and boat builders. In its last online meeting held on December 2, the IFC identified the decline of British Columbia’s salmon population as a concern perpetuated by illegal fishing, habitat degradation, pollution, natural disasters , climate change and pressures on land and water use.
The meetings coincide with the ongoing SFI Spring Raffle. Until June 30, tickets can be purchased online for $20 for a chance to win prizes including a Kingfisher boat, Yamaha motor and set of Scotty downriggers, trips to Langara Fishing Adventures and Newton Cove Resort – Nootka Marine Adventures or a special edition Duncanby Lodge Islander TR3 Reel, BioLite set and Okuma Rod.
To pre-register for community meetings, visit the SFI website.
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