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Canada increases funding to support Pacific salmon. The Canadian Government has announced $15 million in additional annual funding to support wild Pacific salmon research and management, including:

• Stock assessment activities to get more detailed information on the abundance, distribution, productivity, and health of salmon stocks. This work will help increase our knowledge of the current status of wild Pacific Salmon and how they are being affected by our changing climate and other factors;
• Enhanced coded-wire tagging (CWT) and recovery programs to provide better estimates of harvest impacts and help determine salmon survival, fishery interception and exploitation, and distribution parameters of indicator stocks; and,
• Improved recreational catch monitoring and reporting, including catch sampling and analytical support, to provide better estimates of salmon harvest.

These investments support the Government of Canada’s commitment to develop a broader strategy to protect wild Pacific salmon using the best available scientific information, and to consider climate change in decision-making. This funding helps Canada meet its obligations under the renewed Pacific Salmon Treaty with the United States and will help ensure the Department is working closely with First Nations and other stakeholders to better understand and manage Pacific salmon populations.

Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, said: “We know that our wild salmon populations are facing urgent threats – from warming waters caused by climate change to the loss of important habitat that they migrate through. That’s why our government is working with partners to protect these at-risk salmon populations. Through these partnerships, I am confident that can make substantive progress together that will enhance our wild fish stocks and strengthen our fishing industry for today, and for generations to come.”