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Government of Canada takes further action to address critical rockslide threat to at-risk Fraser River Chinook

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

In April 2019, Fisheries and Oceans Canada undertook necessary fisheries management measures to protect at-risk Fraser River Chinook salmon in response to significant conservation concerns. The recent landslide near Big Bar, north of Lillooet, B.C., has created a significant barrier to fish passage and is presently blocking most of these same Chinook from migrating upriver to spawn. At present, only a small percentage of spawning salmon are able to get over and reach spawning areas.

Closed Area for Shellfish Harvesting on the North Shore

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region, wants to inform the North Shore population that the harvesting of shellfish is now forbidden due to toxicity, in accordance with the prohibition order mentioned below, and pursuant to subsection 3 (1) of the Management of Contaminated Fisheries Regulations, in the following shellfish area

Government of Canada and Province of British Columbia partner to take bold action to conserve Steelhead Trout

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Steelhead trout, an iconic British Columbia fish, have been in significant decline during recent years. The Thompson and Chilcotin Steelhead runs in particular have reached critically low levels. The Governments of Canada and British Columbia are working together to conserve, protect, and recover Thompson and Chilcotin steelhead populations.

Backgrounder: The Steelhead Action Plan

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | backgrounders

The Steelhead Action Plan is the product of significant and sustained collaboration between the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

At-risk Fraser Chinook and Sockeye salmon stocks face critical  challenge from Big Bar natural rockslide

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | statements

Yesterday the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard Jonathan Wilkinson accompanied by Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development in British Columbia Doug Donaldson, were in Lillooet, B.C. to participate in a helicopter fly-over assessment of the Big Bar Landslide on the Fraser River. While in Lillooet the Ministers met with key specialists working on the slide and impacted First Nations. The focus was on what next steps could be taken to best manage the impacts of this natural disaster on Fraser salmon runs.

Minister Wilkinson attends the Seymour River Restoration Celebration Event

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

The Seymour River is home to many fish runs and is an integral part of the landscape of North Vancouver and the broader Vancouver area ecosystem. The rockslide that occurred in 2014 significantly impacted the waterway, the salmon run and the surrounding area. Together with Indigenous communities, local governments and non-governmental organizations including the Seymour Salmonid Society, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has been working to restore and conserve the Seymour River habitat.

Minister Wilkinson, and BC Minister Donaldson meet with First Nation leadership and participate in site visit at Big Bar Landslide in Lillooet, B.C.

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, and British Columbia’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development in British Columbia, the Honourable Doug Donaldson along with Member of Parliament for Mission - Matsqui - Fraser Canyon, Jati Sidhu, visited the Big Bar Landslide’s integrated Incident Command Post at the Lillooet Fire Zone and Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Lillooet Field Office in B.C.

Seymour River restoration celebration event

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | media advisories

North Vancouver, British Columbia – The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, will attend a community event to celebrate Seymour River restoration activities and will deliver remarks highlighting the new Fisheries Act that supports fish stock rebuilding and restores lost protections for waterways and fish habitat.

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