We are stewards, government employees, non profit employees, harvesters, sports fishermen, recreational fishermen, farmers, educators, biologists and concerned citizens with one common goal – to ensure the protection and restoration of salmon in the Barkley Sound through science based solutions.
Our scope of activities include assessment, protection, restoration, stewardship, education, and enhancement. Our focus is all Pacific salmonids. Our priority watersheds are Somass, Sarita, Henderson, Nahmint, Toquaht, and Effingham and other tributaries to the Alberni inlet.
The Barkley Salmon Working Group was formed in 2011 through a partnership with Department of Fisheries and Oceans and West Coast Aquatic. The impetus for this partnership was the creation of the Wild Salmon Policy. You can find a link to the Wild Salmon Policy in our library section. They sent invitations out to many different sectors and groups they felt were concerned with the status of salmon in the region, such as First Nations, commercial fishermen, sports fishermen, stewardship associations, regional districts, cities and hatcheries. This group met several times over the course of the year, and developed a terms of reference to guide the activities of the group. You can read the Terms of Reference in our library. The focus of this group is to become world leaders in salmon management practices. It was soon decided that the group would focus on two main areas – harvesting and stewardship.
Harvesting groups met separately to discuss how best to co-manage the salmon fishery. Seine fishermen, gill net fishermen, First Nations, Mahnulth, and sports fishermen met with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in order to determine how best to allocate available fish. This process took several months and resulted in the different groups working together to achieve a solution that worked for everyone. Sockeye and chinook salmon are being managed to ensure adequate levels of escapement are being met, while still allowing harvesters to achieve their goals. The group made decisions through consensus and each party had to make some trade offs. This group decided to create a fund for stewardship activities.
The stewardship group meets the last Friday of each month from 10 am – 2 pm at West Coast Aquatic. Telephone attendance is possible. Members come from Hupacasath, Tseshaht, Toquaht, Huu-ay-aht, Yuutu?it?ath, Uu-a-thluk, Regional District, City of Port Alberni, City of Ucluelet, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, stewardship groups, hatcheries, School District 70, commercial, sports and recreational fishermen. This group has developed a terms of reference (which can be read in the library). The stewardship group is working to create a list of projects necessary to ensure the protection and restoration of salmon in the Barkley Sound.
If you are interested in getting involved in stewardship activities, please head on over to our Get Involved page.