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In 1957 Angler/ Author/Conservationist Roderick Haig-Brown said, "The whole management of the saltwater sport fishery is due for early re-examination. Its growth calls for more research, more control, much more positive planning and greater recognition in the use and development of the salmon fishery as a whole." (The Living Land, 1957)
Haig Brown's vision is needed more than ever today. SFI intends to provide that vision and the energy to fulfill it. Consistent with this message, the SFI has developed a report entitled, "A Salmon Management Plan for the New Millennium." This plan, which has been presented to Government agencies responsible for resource management, outlines an approach to salmon management, emphasizing selective fisheries and more terminal interception harvesting methods, thereby avoiding the commercial by-catch on non-targeted species.
We are already well along in developing the VISION that Haig-Brown urged many years ago, and we are actively involving anglers, the sport fishing businesses that service them, and Government in developing that Sport Fishing Vision for .
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The Vision: A sustainable and vibrant recreational fishery in British Columbia, providing broad social and economic benefits through diverse opportunities that recognize and respect other users of the resource.
The Mission: To achieve this vision through the best managed recreational fisheries in the world, consisting of:
• Healthy environment and fishery resource;
• Sound management and decision-making;
• Sustainable, stable, and diverse recreational fishing opportunities.
There are few outdoor activities that involve as many British Columbians as do recreational fisheries and few that have the potential to connect people with the aquatic environment in such a direct and meaningful way as does fishing. Spending a day on the water with children, family and friends can be the beginning of memories that last a lifetime. It can be the foundation for strengthening the connection between humans and the environment.
As the environment and society change it is important to take steps to protect this heritage and to ensure that respect for our environment and recreational fisheries continues to be an important focus for ordinary British Columbians, visitors and the federal and provincial governments. The creation of a common vision between governments and the recreational fishing community is a necessary foundation for protecting and maintaining both recreational fisheries and the complex marine aquatic environments on which they depend.