Category: News and Announcements

Trafton Floodplain Restoration – Final Design and Permitting

The Stillaguamish Tribe acquired the 158 acre Trafton Floodplain parcel with grant funds for permanent conservation.  The expected outcomes of this project are to have a completed design for the eventual restoration of instream and floodplain habitat in a roughly two-mile reach of the North Fork Stillaguamish.
Restoration actions will include: bank armoring removal, channel re-connection, log jam installation and riparian planting. These efforts will benefit both juvenile and adult ESA listed species, Chinook, Steelhead and Bull Trout along with Coho, Chum, and Pink salmon. Juvenile salmonids will benefit by  increased rearing area in off channel areas and more complex instream habitats created by natural and constructed log jams. As bank armoring is removed, flood energy will be reduced, improving egg-to-migrant survival for salmonids. Increased log jam frequency will also increase holding habitat, cooler water and protection from poachers for adults waiting
to spawn.

Southern Fund Issues Their 2022 Call for Proposals

The Pacific Salmon Commission’s Southern Fund Committee announce their Call for Proposals for projects starting in 2022 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 3 2021.

 

Southern Fund

Proposals for projects beginning in 2022

Northern Fund Issues Their 2022 Call for Proposals

The Pacific Salmon Commission’s Northern Fund Committee announces their Call for Proposals for projects starting in 2022 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 Tuesday, August 31 2021.

Northern Fund

Proposals for projects beginning in 2022

Lower Fraser River Test Fisher and Buyer Applications

Thank you to everyone who inquired and provided valuable feedback on the development of the lower Fraser River test fishery. We received overwhelming support for our proposed test fishing location at Brownsville Bar and will be proceeding with the test fishery at this location. The deadline for both the Test Fisher and Buyer applications is Friday April 30 at 5:00 PM. Additional details can be found in the attachments.

2021 Brownsville Bar Test Fishing Opportunity

2021 Brownsville Bar Buyer Opportunity

Lower Fraser River Test Fishery Feedback Request

With record-low Fraser sockeye run sizes in three out of the last five years, it has become increasingly challenging for in-river test fisheries to catch enough sockeye for assessment purposes. This has been particularly challenging at the Cottonwood gillnet test fishery, which is used primarily for stock identification purposes.

The Pacific Salmon Commission in partnership with the Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance have received funding from the Southern Endowment Fund to operate an additional test fishery to evaluate an alternative location for the Cottonwood gillnet test fishery in the lower Fraser River.

For more information, see the notice attached below:

Lower Fraser River SEF Project Feedback Request

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.