Wild Salmon Center says Treaty Must do More to Protect SalmonNews & Program Updates
February 11, 2008
Scientific review needed to ensure conservation objectives are met.
PORTLAND, OR. and VANCOUVER, B.C. A coalition of conservation groups is calling for a scientific review of the Pacific Salmon Treaty to ensure that it is meeting the conservation objectives required to protect wild salmon, including the protection of salmon habitat. Pacific Salmon Commission representatives from the U.S. and Canada are meeting in Vancouver, B.C. this week to discuss the renegotiation of the treaty. A 10-year agreement forged between the two countries is due to expire at the end of 2008.
"We all want our great-grandchildren to experience wild salmon," said Guido Rahr, CEO of the Wild Salmon Center. "With so many stocks of wild salmon in decline, now is the time to integrate strong conservation principles into international agreements on salmon management. It is critical that this process be both transparent and scientifically sound."