Category: News and Announcements

The Larry Rutter Memorial Award 2021

The Pacific Salmon Commission is pleased to announce Ms. Susan Farlinger as the recipient of the 2021 Larry Rutter Memorial Award for Pacific Salmon Conservation.

Throughout her career, Sue has made significant contributions to the management and conservation of Pacific salmon. Since 1977, she has worked for Fisheries and Oceans Canada/DFO holding roles as a Research Biologist, Treaty Negotiator, Area Director for the South Coast, Regional Director of Oceans/Habitat/Salmonid Enhancement, Regional Director Fisheries Management, and Regional Director General (RDG) for the Pacific Region.

As RDG, Sue was responsible for the delivery of all DFO programs in the region and worked with the governments of BC, Yukon, and hundreds of First Nations as well as key industry stakeholders on countless files and issues.

Her unending work to know DFO’s constituents, issues, and partners has translated well to the international realm of the PSC where she’s served on Canada’s delegation since 2010. Most recently, Sue’s skills were brought back into the spotlight when she served as lead negotiator for Canada during the recent work to amend Annex IV.

Sue’s diplomacy and respect for her colleagues during that year and half of work fostered the important relationships between the two parties that Larry held so dear. But her efforts didn’t end with the negotiations. Since 2019, Sue has continued as Special Advisor to the current RDG on several fronts. She has taken on the complex task of communicating the new commitments and Treaty regime to DFO and Canadians more broadly. She has also lead the development of financial and human resources, including succession planning for Canada in and outside of the PSC family.

For these and many other reasons, Sue was chosen as the 2021 recipient for the Larry Rutter Memorial Award and received it at the Commission’s 36th Annual Meeting (February 8-12, 2021).

About the award

Larry Rutter was a fixture in Pacific salmon conservation and management for more than three decades until his untimely death in 2014. He was a leading influence in how the Tribes, the United States, and Canada approached salmon management and research during the turn of the 21st century. The Commission established the award to help memorialize Larry’s lifetime of work including his legacy in the PSC, the Pacific Northwest Tribes, the Southern Fund Committee, and beyond.

Southern Fund Issues Their 2021 Call for Proposals

The Pacific Salmon Commission’s Southern Fund Committee announce their Call for Proposals for projects starting in 2021 consistent with the goals and principals of the Fund. Preliminary, stage-one applications with ideas and concepts submitted by private, non-profit, and public sector applicants will be accepted. The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 4 2020.

 

Southern Fund

Proposals for projects beginning in 2021

Northern Fund Issues Their 2021 Call for Proposals

The Pacific Salmon Commission’s Northern Fund Committee announces their Call for Proposals for projects starting in 2021 consistent with the goals and principals of the Northern Fund. Preliminary, stage-one applications with ideas and concepts submitted by private, non-profit, and public sector applicants will be accepted.

The deadline for submissions is midnight on Friday, August 28 2020.

Northern Fund

Proposals for projects beginning in 2021

The Pacific Salmon Commission remains operational during the COVID-19 pandemic

As an international organization, the Pacific Salmon Commission has been deemed an essential service by the B.C. government. Thus the PSC Secretariat remains operational to support Canada and the United States in their implementation of the Pacific Salmon Treaty. Bilateral meetings are occurring (online and via telephone) and Secretariat field operations to assess Fraser River sockeye runs will occur under modified protocols. This includes test fisheries, port sampling, and hydroacoustic programs in Canadian and U.S. waters. Through the summer season, the Secretariat staff will be completing their duties through a combination of telework and in-person tasks as dictated by safety protocols and operational needs. Fraser River Panel and Technical Committee meetings will occur online to ensure uninterrupted management of Fraser River sockeye stocks in 2020.

Canadian and U.S. agencies charged with field programs in support of other Treaty provisions are coordinating their efforts continuously. Commissioners will convene online in July to discuss the status of their efforts and to determine formats for the regular PSC meeting weeks in October 2020, January 2021, and February 2021. For more information about any of the PSC’s operations, please contact the Secretariat at 604 684 8081 or info@psc.org.

The Secretariat extends its best wishes to our colleagues, friends, and delegates and is looking forward to renewed connections in-person after the pandemic passes.

2020 Call for Buyers

Fraser River (Cottonwood and Whonnock) gillnet test fisheries.

The purpose of the Fraser River Panel approved test fisheries is to collect biological and catch per unit effort data on Fraser River sockeye and pink salmon. This work is performed to ensure conservation and sustainable-use of salmon stocks, as well as to meet other objectives of the Pacific Salmon Treaty. Contracts for buyers in good standing are eligible for renewal for as many as three additional years (without rebidding), or one sockeye cycle (2020 – 2023). Prices for these three additional years will be renegotiated pre-season and will take into account the initial bid price, historical trends, and year-specific market influences.

See the file attachment below for more information and to apply before March 15, 2020:

Call for Fraser River Buyers 2020

Press Release RE: Pacific Salmon Treaty Chapter 4

Pacific Salmon Commission recommends new language for Chapter 4 under the Pacific Salmon Treaty

July 2, 2019: The Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC) has recommended to the governments of Canada and the United States a new agreement for Chapter 4 (Fraser River Sockeye and Pink Salmon) under the Pacific Salmon Treaty (PST).

Signed by Canada and the United States (U.S.) in 1985, the Pacific Salmon Treaty provides a framework for the two countries to cooperate on the management of Pacific salmon. Pacific salmon are highly-migratory, often spending years at sea and travelling thousands of miles before returning to their natal rivers to spawn. A high degree of cooperation is required to prevent overfishing, provide optimum production and ensure that each country receives benefits that are equivalent to the production of salmon in its waters.

Chapter 4 covers sockeye and pink salmon stocks migrating to and from the Fraser River and was last renewed in 2014. With Chapter 4 set to expire on December 31, 2019, the negotiating team, made up of Canadian and U.S. representatives on the PSC’s Fraser River Panel, met regularly between November 2018 and February 2019 to discuss proposed amendments to the Chapter. In February 2019, an agreement-in-principle was reached during the PSC Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon.

“I’m pleased we were able to bring forward this recommendation,” said Jennifer Nener, Canadian Fraser River Panel Chair and Director of Salmon Management, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Region. “Given that the Chapter was last renewed in 2014, it was still relatively current, with no major issues that needed to be addressed. That said, we did have challenging timelines and through cooperative efforts with our U.S. colleagues, we were able to update the chapter language within these timelines,” she added.

“In the time frame that we had to finish Chapter 4, the parties worked hard and had good discussions,” said Lorraine Loomis, U.S. Fraser River Panel Vice-Chair. “The new language clarified management issues to better manage the resource for both countries,” she added.

Overall, Canada and the United States continue to support the existing Chapter 4 provisions and the proposed changes to Chapter 4 are minor and aimed at clarifying and updating existing procedures that further support management decisions in the coming years.

The proposed agreement has now been referred to the two governments for their legal review and ratification through formal diplomatic channels. If approved, the new agreement will be effective on January 1, 2020 and remain in force through December 31, 2028, aligning the Chapter expiration with five other fishing Chapters under the PST.

For further information, please contact John Field, Executive Secretary of the Pacific Salmon Commission at field@psc.org or by phone at 604-684-8081 (ext. 622).

Press Release PST Chap 4 FINAL

Southern Fund Committee issues their 2020 Call for Proposals

The Pacific Salmon Commission’s Southern Fund Committee announce their Call for Proposals for projects starting in 2020 consistent with the goals and principals of the Fund. Preliminary, stage-one applications with ideas and concepts submitted by private, non-profit, and public sector applicants will be accepted.

The deadline for submissions is midnight on Monday, September 2nd, 2019.

Southern Fund

Proposals for projects beginning in 2020

Northern Fund Issues Their 2020 Call for Proposals

The Pacific Salmon Commission’s Northern Fund Committee announces their Call for Proposals for projects starting in 2020 consistent with the goals and principals of the Northern Fund. Preliminary, stage-one applications with ideas and concepts submitted by private, non-profit, and public sector applicants will be accepted.

The deadline for submissions is midnight on Monday, September 2nd, 2019.

Northern Fund

Proposals for projects beginning in 2020

Fiona Martens and Catherine Michielsens selected to co-lead Chief Biologist role

Dear PSC Family,

I am pleased to announce that Catherine Michielsens and Fiona Martens were the successful joint candidates for the PSC Chief Biologist position. The bilateral selection committee was quite impressed with their knowledge, skills, and joint application. Together they have many years of experience at the Secretariat supervising and leading professional staff, as well as expertise in providing scientific and logistical support.

Their application was different in that they applied as co-leaders. While this differs from past models in the Secretariat, co-leadership is widely used in modern workplaces to leverage the strengths of two individuals to deliver one program. As co-leaders, they will modify their current roles but not entirely vacate them. Some duties will follow them to their new positions while other duties will be transferred to other staff, consistent with existing job classifications.

In the selection process, I perceived this new approach would work to accommodate the evolving needs of PSC staff, the Fraser River Panel, and technical committee members. As co-leaders, Catherine and Fiona will share the responsibilities of the position in a manner that accords with their individual strengths. Catherine will focus on providing scientific input, oversight, and direction while Fiona will provide operational oversight and ensure the successful implementation of strategic and workflow plans as well as oversee the regular communication of Fraser River Panel-related information and reports. To highlight the differences in their jobs, the title of Chief Biologist will be adjusted to Chief, Fisheries Management Programs for Fiona and to Chief, Fisheries Management Science for Catherine.

Catherine and Fiona are looking forward to this new role and aspire to provide a dynamic and modern work environment for the staff at PSC headquarters. I look forward to supporting them in this and welcome any questions regarding their co-leadership model. Please join me in welcoming Fiona and Catherine to their new and innovative jobs at the Secretariat!

John Field
Executive Secretary
Pacific Salmon Commission