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Alaska's salmon bounty coming at B.C.'s expense
« on: June 17, 2022, 12:11:13 PM »

Terry Glavin: Alaska's salmon bounty coming at B.C.'s expense

But Canada's foreign affairs department remains clueless

Thereís a diplomatic disaster unfolding on the Pacific Coast right now, and donít be shocked if you havenít heard anything about it. Joly certainly hasnít made a fuss, and itís not clear whether sheís even aware that itís going on, even though Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray has seemingly handed off the file to Joly.

Last summer was Alaskaís third most productive salmon season in history. A big part of the Alaska catch was chinook salmon. Almost all the chinook caught in Alaska ó 90 percent of them ó were chinook bound for rivers in B.C., Washington and Oregon.

Fisheries Minister Murrayís primary policy response has been just that ó keep B.C. fishermen tied up at dockside to ďconserveĒ the runs the Alaskans are catching, and stop sports fishermen from catching chinook in B.C.ís rivers. And now the Alaskans are planning a fishing season with chinook catches a third higher than last yearís quotas, according to biologists with the Watershed Watch Salmon Society.


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Re: Alaska's salmon bounty coming at B.C.'s expense
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2022, 02:52:55 PM »

A Canadian Threat to Alaskan Fishing

Alaskan's Have No Say in Industrial Development of Salmon Rivers that Originate in Canadian Waters:

these issues are close to 50 years old & it is nothing new. The US states have sole jurisdiction over their fisheries resources and the US Government cannot bind them to international treaties.

I remember corresponding with the media person in the Alaskan Governor's Office back in the 90s and they basically refused to acknowledge their activities  posed any threat to salmon bound for spawning rivers further south. However they did recognize Canada's ability to destroy spawning runs in the Stikine and other Canadian streams that run over a few km of Alaskan territory before entering saltwater.

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