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Harmony on the Fraser

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Fraser River Peacemakers Launch Online

The Fraser River Peacemakers rolled out a new website in July 2015.
Visit them at www.fraserriverpeacemakers.ca.

"Harmony on the Fraser:" A 2014 Solutions Dialogue

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In June 2014 the Fraser Basin Council convened a solutions dialogue under the banner of "Harmony on the Fraser" to discuss the upcoming salmon fishing season, and the challenges and opportunities it presents.

2014 was a strong year for Fraser River sockeye. That meant good fishing opportunities opening for all sectors, but also crowded fishing conditions in some areas, particularly in the busy stretch between Chilliwack and Hope.

Many new recreational anglers come to the Fraser each year, but especially when sockeye runs are strong, and some anglers are not familiar with the rules or do not understand that both Aboriginal and recreational fisheries may be active on the river at the same time. In the past, there have been concerns about unsafe parking, unsafe highway or rail crossings, trespassing, garbage dumping, poor sanitation, and lack of courtesy among the people fishing, whether on boat or shore.

These and other issues were discussed in the dialogue, which had a good turnout from First Nations, sport fishing organizations, conservation interests and enforcement agencies. Everyone agreed on the importance of encouraging safe and respectful relations along the river.

Most people on the river are respectful of each other, of course, and simply want to enjoy their fishing experience. It is important that they be supported and that everyone share in keeping harmony on the Fraser. The solutions dialogue was helpful in identifying actions that participants could take to address problems in their own areas of responsibility, now and in future years.

Work of the Fraser River Fisheries Peacemakers

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Photo: The Chehalis River angler access trail was a project of the Fraser River Peacemakers

Over the last six years, the Fraser River Fisheries Peacemakers have worked to encourage better relations along the river. The Peacemakers are a group of volunteers from First Nations and recreational fishing organizations who came together to educate about good river manners, to encourage better relationships between First Nations and recreational fishers, and to prevent and resolve conflicts.

This innovative initiative came about in 2009 after a confrontation between two recreational fishers and a First Nations chief on the Fraser River, during which the chief was shot in the face with a pellet gun. In the minds of all responsible fishers, this violent incident brought into sharp focus the need for everyone to share the river in a more peaceful manner.

The work of the Peacemakers was profiled during the June 2014 "Harmony on the Fraser" dialogue. FBC subsequently helped support their educational outreach, leading to a "Harmony on the Fraser" public event in August 2014 at Island 22 in Chilliwack.

 

 

 

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

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Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Quesnel and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
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