Updates

In an effort to provide timely information concerning matters that effect the salmon stocks that Tŝilhqot’in citizens depend on, below are weekly updates. Note that these updates occur largely during our main fishing season. For immediate questions concerning fisheries, please contact our Fisheries Manager, Randy Billyboy, at rbillyboy@tsilhqotin.ca or (250) 392-3918 ext. 113.

About

The Fisheries Department is in a co-management setting with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) under an Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy (AFS) agreement. Under this agreement, a work plan is followed that both DFO and the Tŝilhqot’in National Government Chiefs have negotiated. All work plans within the agreement are under the direction of the Tŝilhqot’in Chiefs, with no work being initiated without the consent of the Chiefs.

The Fishery Program runs throughout the year, with most field projects running in conjunction with the annual salmon run. There are, on average, seven projects throughout the year, employing approximately thirty individuals.

With Tŝilhqot’in members using the rivers more in the summer the Fisheries Department utilises this season as an opportunity to hear concerns surrounding fisheries and make changes or adjustments where needed. One of our main objectives is to keep the Chilcotin salmon run healthy while rebuilding Fraser River stocks. The Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance (UFFCA) has more information on the Upper Fraser Fisheries stocks.

The objective of the Fisheries Department is to work alongside DFO regarding harvesting, monitoring, conserving and protecting the salmon stocks passing through the Tŝilhqot’in territory. The fisheries department also keeps order and control during the salmon harvesting season to ensure safety.

Dipnetting at Gwetsilh (Siwash) on Tŝilhqox (Chilko River)