BCWF Report for June 2018

BCWF Report

Parksville Qualicum Fish & Game Assn.

June, 2018 

BCWF Action Fund

Last May 26 our club hosted the annual “All Round” shoot which is a fundraiser for the BCWF Action Fund at the Dorman Range.  Registration was capped at 80 shooters so some latecomers were turned away; unfortunate but it doesn’t work for a large number.  The weather was great, the lunch was up to high standard and we generated a bit over $3200 for the Action Fund.

The purpose of the BCWF Action Fund is to defend public access rights to lands and resources in BC.  The “Fund” is our members main resource for funding court action against illegal obstruction to public access to waterways in the Douglas Lake area of the Province.   Our participation in the BC Court of Appeal to support the decision by DFO to raise the resident angler allocation of halibut from 8% to 12% is a prime example where BCWF Action Fund support was important.  Legal costs for a Court Injunction to remove blockades to resident hunters in the Klappan River area also came from the BCWF Action Fund. These initiatives, of course, deplete the Action Fund and it needs ongoing replenishment as long as illegal obstructions to our free access to public lands and waters continue to threaten or deny our rightful legacy as Canadians.  There is no other source of revenue for the Action Fund except from members and clubs like ours.

Bill C 71

The BCWF has coordinated and consulted with the other Canada Wildlife Federation (CWF) Affiliates regarding concerns with Bill C-71 and bringing them to the governments attention.

Although most wildlife federations asked to testify before the Standing Committee for Public Safety and National Defence, only the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) received an invitation.  OFAH consulted with the other federations and their submission was unanimously endorsed by all CWF affiliates.

 

For months now the BCWF has been urging members and clubs to write Federal Minister Ralph Goodale to protest this proposed amendment to the Firearms Act.  If you need more information than you already have please visit the BCWF website.  There’s lots there, then write

1) Download the template letter, format it, print off and mail to Minister Goodale

The Honourable Ralph Goodale,

Minister of Public Safety

House of Commons

Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

2) Email your letter to Ralph Goodale at ralph.goodale@parl.gc.ca

3) Find your MP and Book a Meeting with them to talk about why you oppose Bill C-17

As we were told at the recent BCWF convention, “Write early…write often.”

Audit into cattle grazing leases in BC

In the past the BCWF has used legal services offered by the Environmental Law Center in the University of Victoria.  Recently it has collaborated with the Environmental Law Center to develop a case to request the BC Government to conduct an audit and examination of cattle grazing leases currently held on Crown Land and related issues.  Over the years members have made allegations with an increasing number of complaints, particularly from the Kamloops area, from naturalists, birders, and hunters where grazing leaseholders have been putting up gates and no trespassing signs.  Locked gates and ‘No Trespassing’ signs on grazing leases also obstruct public access to key Crown lands not under grazing lease — but are only accessible through grazing lease areas that now exclude the public.

In 1978 the B.C. government tried to get rid of grazing lease tenures that allow holders to lock out the public but failed with the implementation.  While other jurisdictions such as Alberta have made significant efforts to allow reasonable public access to leases, B.C. is living in the dark ages.  Grazing leases have no place in a modern, multiple-use Crown land management regime and a remedy is long overdue.

There is an overview of the request, a link to download the report and information about how you can help advocate for the best interest of the province and fellow British Columbians available by a link on the BCWF website.

Southern Interior Mule Deer Project

The BCWF is a key partner in a new, large-scale research project, involving multiple agencies and universities to tackle one of the most pressing needs in wildlife management in British Columbia – how to understand and reverse declines of mule deer in the Southern Interior. With contributions from Indigenous people, the public, stakeholders, and industry, this project brings together cutting-edge research on deer ecology with multiple partnerships to advance both evidence and cooperative-based approaches to wildlife conservation.

The GPS collars in the Kettle-Granby, Peachland/Garnet Valley, and Cache Creek study areas track the deer movements every 4.25 hours and provide information on the deers’ habitat use, how they move across the landscape, which areas they avoid, when and how they die. When a collar is no longer moving, a message gets sent to the project team which allows them to investigate factors contributing to the animal’s death.  In addition to the collars, at least 200 remote cameras will be deployed in the project areas to provide an understanding of how other animals (predators, prey, and people) interact with mule deer. The cameras will also provide recruitment data (fawn survival) and sex ratios (buck: doe), and potentially help count mule deer and other large mammals.

Respectfully submitted

Rod Wiebe – PQF&G Past President 1992 – 1998

Winter Recreational Prawn & Shrimp Closure Notice – Effective Midnight Dec 31st

Fishery Notice – Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN1320-RECREATIONAL – Shellfish: Prawn and Shrimp – Areas 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 23, 25, 28 Closures and Area 23 “Pulse Fishing” Continued

Recreational prawn and shrimp by trap harvesters are advised that the harvest of prawns and shrimp by trap, ring net, or spear while diving, will close from 00:01 hours January 1 to 23:59 hours March 31, 2016, in the following Subareas as described in the Pacific Fishery Management Area Regulations:

Subareas 13-12, 13-13, 13-15 (Quadra Island area)
Subareas 15-2, 15-3 (Powell River, Lund)
Subareas 16-1, 16-2, 16-5, 16-6, 16-8, 16-9, 16-10, 16-11, 16-16 to 16-18
(Malaspina Strait, lower Jervis Inlet, Sechelt Inlet)
Subarea 17-5, 17-6, 17-9 (Stuart Channel)
Subareas 17-12, 17-13, 17-15, 17-16, 17-18 (Nanaimo)
Subareas 19-7 to 19-12 (Saanich Inlet)
Subareas 25-1 to 25-5, 25-16 (Nootka Sound, Muchalaht Inlet, Tahsis Inlet)
Subareas 23-1, 23-3, 23-4 (Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound)
Subareas 28-1, 28-3, 28-4 (Howe Sound)

These 3-month winter closures are in place to allow the prawn spawning period to complete. These areas will re-open on April 1, 2016.

Recreational Prawn and Shrimp by Trap fishers are also advised that the harvest of prawns and shrimp by trap, ring net, or spear while diving, will
continue “pulse fishing” in Subarea 23-2 (portion of Alberni Inlet).

Subareas 23-2 will be closed for the following periods:

From 00:01 hours December 1 until 23:59 hours December 15, 2015
From 00:01 hours January 1 until 23:59 hours January 15, 2016
From 00:01 hours February 1, until 23:59 hours February 15, 2016
From 00:01 hours March 1 until 23:59 hours March 15, 2016
Subarea 23-2 opens 00:01 hours March 16, 2016 until further notice.

Recreational Prawn and Shrimp by Trap fishers are reminded that Subareas, 17-5, 17-6, 17-9 (Stuart Channel), 19-7 to 19-12 (Saanich Inlet) and 23-1 to 23-3 (Alberni Inlet) are “pulse fishing” through to December 31, 2015. Please see Fishery Notice FN0749.

Recreational prawn fishing in all other coastal areas remains open until
further notice.

Variation Order No. 2015-573. Variation Order No. 2015–569 is revoked.

These actions are in accordance with the Recreational Harvest Plan, Appendix 2 of the 2015-16 Prawn and Shrimp by Trap Integrated Fishery Management Plan.

Refer to the B.C. Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Guide for further information on daily bag, possession and trap limits.

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html

News Update: ‘Access Initiative’ BCWF / TimberWest

Email received from BCWF regarding Island access

Hi All,

I’ve got an update on our ‘Access Initiative’ with TimberWest.

On June the 19th, Larry Wasden, Sabina Reska and I met with TimberWest staff.
TimberWest was represented by local manager Steve Lorimer, Ben Lee,VP,Legal & General Counsel ( who came over from Vancouver), and Lee-Ann Andersen, Senior Property Administrator. These are some pretty senior staff that have the real ability to move things forward.

We were able to sit with them, explain who we are and what we hoped to accomplish through our negotiations with them.  The meeting went well and the outlook is positive. We were asked where we’d like to see this project start and it was agreed that we should start on Southern Vancouver Island, possibly around Sooke. TimberWest is taking this recommendation forward to their most senior management and with the Victoria F & G Club on board we’re hopefully optimistic that we’ll hear back from them soon. They are aware that hunting season is rapidly approaching and that it would be in the best interest of all concerned to have an agreement in place before then.

We did pass along the request of the Courtenay F & G that access be liberalized on the Comox Main and the Oyster River Main. We also passed on the wishes of the  Parksville club that access be granted into the Lockwood area.  It looks to me that this will happen one area at a time and if that’s how TW wants to go about it then that’s fine with me.  Remember that given the extremely dry conditions this year, any access agreement may well be suspended until conditions allow safe backcountry access.

Unfortunately, nobody has control over mother nature.  Feel free to share this with your members.

David Parenteau
President
B.C. Wildlife Federation
Vancouver Island
Region Association
250-758-5727
david_parenteau@telus.net

Vancouver Island Region Assn.

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