Statement of ASF's Bill Taylor at Miramichi

Miramichi, New Brunswick
December 18, 2014

ASF welcomes the announcement that Canada will set up an advisory committee made up of members from the four Atlantic Provinces, Quebec and First Nations to advise government on approaches to stem the decline in wild Atlantic salmon throughout eastern Canada.

ASF appreciates this quick action by the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, in response to the call to action that we issued in cooperation with the Miramichi Salmon Association in September.  Our call came towards the end of a very poor season of wild Atlantic salmon runs, the third year in a row of declining returns.

As this is a situation experienced on many rivers throughout Atlantic Canada and Quebec, we also appreciate the broad-based approach that will include consultations in all areas as well as the opportunity for concerned groups and citizens to provide written submissions.

We are hopeful that the Advisory Committee will recommend precautionary management measures that the Government of Canada can implement in time for the 2015 season.

Short-term actions and measures need to be taken before the salmon runs begin next summer but there are also long-term investments that need to be made. Wild Atlantic salmon are extremely important environmentally, socially and culturally to the people of eastern Canada.  

In 2011, a Gardner Pinfold report (using 2010 figures) estimated the total economic value for wild Atlantic salmon at $255 million, with the recreational fishery alone worth nearly $130 million, supporting nearly 4,000 full-time equivalent jobs.

- Bill Taylor, President,
Atlantic Salmon Federation