Chinook smolt sampling, Seton River- by Dr. Dave Levy
The First Nations Salmon Coordinating Committee (SCC) is a province-wide advisory process comprised of delegates from FNFC’s geographic regions. It was formed in 2011 in response to ongoing frustrations expressed by First Nations with DFO’s Tier 3 Salmon Integrated Harvest Planning Committee (IHPC) and Integrated Fisheries Management Planning (IFMP) processes. First Nations and DFO committed to working on Tier 1 and Tier 2 processes for better First Nations engagement in the development of salmon IFMPs.
Over the years, concerns grew about the efficacy of First Nations participation in DFO management processes, and the SCC shifted its focus. However, recognizing the need for strong collaborative management, and new federal government commitments to reconciliation, the SCC has since returned to working with DFO to improve First Nations engagement in fisheries management processes.
The SCC also continues to provide strategic advice to First Nations and DFO on various province-wide Pacific salmon initiatives, such as dual fishing for salmon and the Wild Salmon Policy.
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