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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.


Minister Wilkinson to visit Big Bar Landslide

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | media advisories

The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, will visit at the Incident Command Post for the Big Bar Landslide. The Minister will meet with Incident Commanders, regional First Nation representatives, and technical experts, and participate in a helicopter overflight tour of the landside area.


Government of Canada enters into Fraser Salmon Collaborative Management Agreement with 76 British Columbia First Nations

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

There is no relationship more important to the Government of Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples. Our government is committed to advancing a renewed relationship with Indigenous communities, based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership. As part of this commitment, we are working to modernize and strengthen nation-to-nation, government-to-government structures, and to support a more collaborative approach to fisheries management by the Government of Canada and Indigenous Peoples.


Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Government of British Columbia to provide further updates on the Big Bar Landslide

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | media advisories

Officials from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Province of British Columbia as well as a representative from the Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance will to provide further updates and answer questions regarding a significant rock slide that occurred upstream of a narrow portion of the Fraser River near Big Bar.


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