We've thrown a couple of posts your way about the Angling Management plan being drafted for the Skeena watershed but now is the time for all of us to take action. Tim Pask sent us the following e-mail outliing what the impact this proposed plan will have on local businneses and the future of wild steelhead. Please take a moment and add your voice to the fight against the draft plan by filling out the survey, a link to which can be found below.
For any of you who are "Do it yourself" anglers, or perhaps someday want to visit the Skeena system on your own, you should be aware that by 2010 you might be out of luck. Lottery based 8 day licenses will be in place if a hand full of local guides get their way. When the dust settles they will have a short term win, the local businesses that are supported by traveling anglers loose and long term the fish loose, which is the real crime here. Right now we face enemies from all sides, with issues like Shell Oil wanting to develop the Sacred Headwaters of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine. The resource is rich with opportunities and short term greed is at the door and the fight will continue for decades to come. If we are removed from the equation they have lost a large % of the people who care about and support these fights. Mining, Oil exploration, gas lines easements, coal bed methane and fish farms are all current issues. I know many of you are actively involved in these issues today, but I doubt many of you will continue to be involved if you can no longer fish the great rivers of the Skeena.
I received this email (below) from Kathy Larson. Many of you know Kathy and also know how involved she has been to save Wild Fish. I have the utmost respect for her and Dave, and hope that they will survive to continue to stand on the front line and fight for Wild Fish and against the short term greed that is coming at every angle. We need them!!!
Please read the email below and then follow the link and fill out the survey. And forward this email to anyone you think might be interested.
The Draft recommendations of the Quality Waters Committee will, if implemented, put our B&B out of business, hugely devalue our property, and has the potential to devastate the economies of Houston, Smithers, Hazelton & Terrace by killing the steelhead industry for all but the guides.
If passed, they will also prevent non resident property owners, who contribute greatly to the local economy, from fishing from their own property unless they win a lottery spot, and then only for 8 days.
Please take a few moments to look at the following website and fill out the survey. It is made for the Bulkley River but applies to the Kispiox and Skeena as well.
All your friends and neighbours who welcome the influx of steelheaders and the tourism dollars brought in each fall by the steelhead fishermen will thank you as well as anyone who owns property along the rivers.
Please pass this on to all non guided steelheaders and anyone who is concerned about the economies of the Skeena Watershed
Thanks for your help!
Poplar Park Farm and B&B
Fill out the survey at the Buckley River Steelhead Anglers Community LINK