Pacific Salmon Resources in Central and North Coast British Columbia

This report was prepared by Dr. Brian Riddell to inform the PFRCC and the public about the status and prospects of salmon stocks and habitat in the northern and central coastal regions of British Columbia. It chronicles the serious problems of inadequate information, and helps to inform the current discussion about how wild salmon stocks can be effectively managed in the absence of adequate records, sufficient data or valid scientific evidence in many cases. He makes a compelling case for increasing the level of federal government resources assigned to assessing the wild salmon stocks in order to ensure adequate and timely conservation. The information in this report is derived from Fisheries and Oceans Canada salmon spawning records, reports reviewed and accepted by the Pacific Scientific Advice Review Committee (PSARC), and published technical references.