2020 has seen record low returns of sockeye to the Fraser River.
To help address this critical conservation issues the Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Conservations Decisions Lab at the University of BC and West Coast Env. Law, has been working to restore long-term ecological resilience, through ecosystem-based management, of the Lower Fraser River and estuary and the species and people that rely on it.
The Blueprint for restoring ecological governance to the Lower Fraser River outlines 5 guiding principles:
- A commitment to sustainability that spans seven generations.
- Governance that honours Aboriginal rights and title, inherent Indigenous jurisdiction and law, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
- Clear enforcement mechanisms to ensure ecological resilience.
- Sustainable funding for governance and ecosystem-based management.
- Respect for the opinion, voices, experiences and culture of others.