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Integrated Resource Management Fact Sheet

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Integrated Resource Management Fact Sheet (pdf)

A Guidance Manual to Support the Assessment of Contaminated Sediments in Freshwater Ecosystems

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Overview

This guidance manual, which comprises a three-volume series and was developed for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, British Columbia Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection, and Florida Department of Environmental Protection, is not intended to supplant the existing guidance on sediment quality assessment. Rather, this guidance manual is intended to further support the design and implementation of assessments of sediment quality conditions by:

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Toward Ecosystem Management: Breaking Down the Barriers in the Columbia River Basin and Beyond

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In late April and early May of 2002, over 840 individuals from throughout the Columbia River basin, including youth participants, academics, scientists, government and First Nations representatives, professionals, politicians, policy-makers, environmental groups, and concerned citizens, attended the five-day conference in Spokane.  It was the third in a sequence of transboundary conferences that was launched with a workshop in 1994 and then evolved into a larger conference in Castlegar, BC, in 1998.  The 2002 conference, Toward Ecosystem-Based Management: Breaking Down the Barriers in the Columbia River Basin and Beyond, focused on the theme of transitioning toward ecosystem-based management of fish and wildlife resources throughout the Columbia River basin.  The results of the conference were summarized in the conference highlights and the conference review and call to action.

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Guidance Manual on Community-Based Fisheries and Watershed Management

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Overview

In order to facilitate the integration of community groups into the fisheries management programs, the Foundation intends to develop a Guidance Manual on Community-Based Fisheries Management. The Guidance Manual will provide community groups, First Nations, and other non-governmental organizations in British Columbia with step-by-step guidance on the implementation of ecosystem-based fisheries and watershed management. It will be developed using the recommendations provided by more than 1000 participants of the Toward Sustainable Fisheries Conference and four other multi-stakeholder meetings. Importantly, the Guidance Manual will provide community-based organizations with a template for integrating the needs of ‘communities-of-place’ (e.g., Tofino) and ‘communities-of-interest’ (e.g., BCMOE, UBC, Steelhead Society) into a framework for supporting sustainable fisheries and watershed management. The cooperative fisheries and watershed plans that are developed using the information provided in the Guidance Manual will facilitate the protection of healthy salmonid populations and the restoration of salmonid populations at risk. In this way, the Guidance Manual will help support the transition to sustainable fisheries and watershed management.

The Guidance Manual will consist of several elements, including a brief introduction which sets the stage for sustainable fisheries management and a background which identifies the challenges to Pacific salmon and steelhead management (i.e., habitat loss and degradation, overfishing, etc.). In addition, the Guidance Manual will include principles for sustainable fisheries management, an approach to ecosystem-based watershed management, and an overview of the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy (SFS) developed from the multi-stakeholder meetings. It will also include a framework for community-based fisheries and watershed management. This framework will describe how to develop a shared vision for the future, to determine the primary factors constraining progress towards sustainable fisheries, to identify indicators of progress towards sustainable fisheries and watershed management, and to develop a focussed plan of action that includes the priority activities that will contribute directly to fulfillment of the long-term vision for the future.

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One Northwest Community – People, Salmon, Rivers, and the Sea: Towards Sustainable Fisheries

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The following is the abstract for the final chapter of the book, Sustainable Fisheries Management: Pacific Salmon.

Abstract

Pacific salmon management is in crisis. Throughout their range, salmon and steelhead populations are being adversely affected by human activities. Without coordinated, effective, and timely action, the future of the Pacific salmon resource is most certainly in doubt. To address the challenges that are currently facing salmon management, concerned citizens representing a diverse array of government agencies and non-governmental organizations have agreed to cooperate in the development of a Sustainable Fisheries Strategy for west coast salmon and steelhead populations. The Strategy builds on the contents of this book, resulting from the Sustainable Fisheries Conference and subsequent community – and watershed-based citizen forums. This chapter presents the key elements of the Strategy including a common vision for the future, a series of guiding principles, and specific strategies for supporting sustainable fisheries. As such, the Strategy embraces and ecosystem-based approach to managing human activities, rather that the traditional egocentric approach to managing salmonid populations and associated habitats. A system of community-based, watershed-oriented councils, including all stakeholders and agency representatives, is proposed for effective transition to ecosystem-based salmon and steelhead management. It is our hope that everyone involved in Pacific salmon management will embrace both the spirit and the specific elements of the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy as we face the difficult challenges ahead.

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Setting the Stage for a Sustainable Pacific Salmon Fisheries Strategy

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The following is the abstract from the Introductory Chapter of the book, Sustainable Fisheries Management: Pacific Salmon.

Abstract

Salmon and steelhead serve as a powerful symbol for the quality of life enjoyed in the Pacific Northwest, and generate a wide range of economic, social, and cultural benefits in the region. Commercial fisheries contribute significantly to local, provincial/state, and national economies, both directly through the sale of fish and indirectly through the services and manufacturing industries. Likewise, sport fisheries provide diverse economic benefits through the tourist, manufacturing, and services sectors. First Nations (Canada) and Tribal (U.S.) fisheries revitalize local economies, encourage social stabilization and renewal, and help maintain the rich cultural heritage that characterizes the Pacific Northwest. Considering the nature and extent of benefits which they bestow, the conservation of our shared salmon and steelhead resources deserve national and international priority.

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Toward Ecosystem-Based Management in the Upper Columbia River Basin: Workshop Summary Report

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Summary

The Columbia River is the dominant river system in the Pacific Northwest United States and southeastern British Columbia. Its health is of vital importance to communities and stakeholders on both sides of the border. Resource managers in Canada and the United States recognize that open, honest communication and effective information sharing are important foundations for resolving land and water use conflicts, and are essential to economic and environmental sustainability in the Columbia Basin. To this end, an international workshop, entitled Toward Ecosystem-Based Management in the Upper Columbia River Basin: An International Conference and Workshop, was convened April 27-30, 1998 to foster information exchange and cooperation among resource managers, First Nations, policy makers, scientists, industry, environmental groups and concerned citizens. The workshop was attended by over 400 delegates on both sides of the border.

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Fisheries Sustainability in the Squamish River Watershed

Posted Monday, September 22nd, 2008 · No Comments »

Summary

This document details the results of the Squamish River Watershed Fisheries Sustainability Forum. The forum was convened by the Sustainable Fisheries Foundation, Hatfield Consultants Ltd., and the Forest Alliance of British Columbia to provide an opportunity for citizens, policy makers, resource users, First Nations and other interested parties to exchange technical information on the conservation and restoration of salmonid populations. Participants at the forum developed a long-term vision for fisheries sustainability in the Squamish River watershed. In addition to the vision, the key constraints to fisheries sustainability were identified. Strategies and management options for overcoming these constraints were also developed for various aspects of salmon management, including harvest management, habitat protection and restoration, community-based fisheries and watershed management, salmon and steelhead production, and institutional and regulatory structures. Importantly, forum participants also identified a number of indicators of progress towards fisheries sustainability (i.e., ecosystem maintenance indicators). Please download the forum Summary Report and/or forum overview for more information on the forum and its results.

Squamish River Watershed Background Report

Posted Monday, September 22nd, 2008 · No Comments »

Summary

The Squamish River Watershed Background Report was prepared to provide background information to support the Squamish River Watershed Fisheries Sustainability Forum, which was held in Squamish, B.C., in November, 1997. The report was prepared by Hatfield Consultants Ltd. and summarizes the available information on the Squamish River Watershed. Included is information on watershed characteristics, land tenure, urban development trends, First Nations involvement in fisheries management, fisheries resources (including salmon spawning escapements, freshwater habitat issues, and estuary issues), and key contacts. As such, the report provided forum participants with a common understanding of the issues and concerns in the Squamish River Basin and, hence, a basis for engaging in work group discussions on fisheries sustainability. Please download the status report for more information on the Squamish River Basin

Squamish River Watershed Status Report