Southern Resident killer whales are in the headlines. Some recreational anglers are concerned, specifically those in B.C.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has shut anglers out of vast popular salmon fishing areas in coastal British Columbia. They claim these closures are necessary to protect Chinook salmon, a major food source for killer whales. According to DFO, “with only 75 remaining, Southern Resident killer whales are critically endangered and are facing an imminent threat.”
DFO biologists are mandated with managing fish and marine mammal populations at healthy sustainable levels based on credible scientific data and professional standards. If DFO statements are to be believed, the present state of Chinook salmon and killer whale populations in B.C. would indicate a record of abysmal resource management failures by the agency. These failures border on professional incompetence.
But is there more to the story?