Episode 79 – Interior Fraser River Steelhead with Dr. Eric Taylor

Sep 15, 2022Podcast

Episode 79 – Interior Fraser River Steelhead with Dr. Eric Taylor

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In this episode Curtis and Mark are joined by Dr. Eric (Rick) Taylor. Eric is Professor and researcher from the University of British Columbia. Eric provides some background biology on steelhead and what makes them different from salmon. Eric describes the history of the Interior Fraser River Steelhead populations and their precipitous declines as well as what the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) said about the Interior Fraser River Steelhead populations, the Minister’s response to the Committee’s recommendation to protect steelhead under Canada’s Species at Risk Act, the altering of a key scientific report, preventing steelhead bycatch without closing the commercial fishery, pinniped management, shrinking fish, the uncontrollable ocean, when opportunity and preparedness meet, the shortcomings of the federal Fisheries Act, who should be in charge of fish conservation, steelhead recovery plans, how public advocacy for fish may be changing federal policy and putting butts in spawning grounds.

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