Notice of SSBC 2015 AGM

The Steelhead Society will be holding its annual AGM at 8555-198 A Street (BCEGU office) in Langley at 10:00 a.m. on January 24th, 2015. As usual we will have guest speakers giving presentations. The guest speakers at the AGM will be announced once we have confirmations
10:00 a.m.
     - Opening & Welcome (President B. Braidwood)
     - Introductions
10:15 a.m.
    - 1st Speaker 
11:00 a.m. - Break
11:15 a.m.
    - 2nd Speaker 
12:00 - Break
12:30 p.m.
    - Business of Society:
    - President's Report
    - Treasurer's Report
    - Membership Report
    - Nomination Committee-elections
1:00 p.m. - Adjournment

Annual SSBC Pub night 2017 Fundraiser

 Its that time of year again when the Steelhead Society of BC hosts its annual fundraiser event. 


All net proceeds of this event go to supporting the work SSBC does  for the various habitat projects and advocacy work in helping protect and restore steelhead rivers and their inhabitants across BC. Some of the recent projects paid for by this annual event are: Spius Habitat resortation (2012), Bonaparte habitat resoration ( 2013), Coldwater habitat resoration on the Eaton-Beaton channel (2014), Nicola 1.0 and Nicola 2.0 (2015), Shovelnose emegency Berm repair and Deadman study, Guichon creek habitat project (2016), Shovelnose Berm strengthening (in partnership with the Squamish First Nation, Squamish River Watershed Society, and MFLNRO, SSBC supplied the information that got a $50,000 grant to partially pay for this work and the SSBC paid the remaining balance, 2017), Coquihalla barrier mitigation project ( in partnership with FWFS, Kingfishers, HCTF, BCCF, MFLNRO ( 2017).


Please consider that as a grass roots organisation SSBC has no paid staff and all work is done on a volunteer basis. This means your contibution goes directly into supporting the advocacy and habitat work SSBC does. As always, SSBC is accepting donations and contibutions (with gracious thanks) for this event which may be dropped off at:


Attention 2017 SSBC Fundraiser,  Searun Fly and Tackle Shop, 1140 Austin Ave, Coquitlam, B.C.



 This fun filled social evening will once again be at Micky's Public House, Thursday November 23 at 7:00 P.M.

170 Golden Drive, Coquitlam, B.C.

$20 includes a Burger and a Beer Special


Tickets available at the door only, SSBC memberships and swag will also be available for purchase.


Steelhead and their Biology: an in depth look at hatchery vs wild steelhead presented by John McMillian

 Steelhead and their biology is an in depth look at hatchery vs wild steelhead presened by John McMillian. The Steelhead Society of BC is pleased to be able to host Mr McMillian on November 17, 2017, 6:00- 9:00 P.M. at the BCGEU Office auditorium at 4911 Canada Way, Burnaby, B.C.  Admission: free ( swag and  SSBC memberships will be available for purchase)

SSBC Summer 2017 Newsletter

Think Steelhead this election

 Think Steelhead (or Fisheries) this Election


We are all aware that steelhead in British Columbia are facing serious threats. The upcoming BC election provides us with a great opportunity to have our concerns heard. The Steelhead Society of British Columbia (SSBC) urges that all Society members and others who care about steelhead to take this opportunity to ask political party leaders and the candidates in their ridings some pointed questions. Then consider voting for those that give the answers that best support our steelhead. 


Here are some of the key questions:



Why is there no Provincial Ministry dedicated to Fisheries?


Freshwater sportfishing in British Columbia contributes $957M to the economy of which steelhead account for approximately $239.25M. Yet both the money and the steelhead are lost in the provincial Ministry of Forest Lands, Natural Resource Operations... “Fisheries” is absent in the name of this ministry and seemingly in its mandate as well.



When will our BC Conservation Service be properly funded to protect our fish?


The underfunding of fisheries management in BC is a reflection of this lack of representation in government. Running into a conservation officer is virtually a thing of the past. The current regulations we have are not being monitored or enforced, let alone trying to decide on additional needed ones. This chronic lack of funding precludes any research. How can rational management occur without sufficient data or knowledge? Money needs to be dedicated to this valuable resource. 



How is the provincial government going to support recovery of Interior steelhead populations?


The flagship of BC fish is the magnificent Thompson River steelhead. Anglers come from around the world to test themselves against these fish, the ultimate of their species. However, this world-famous icon is in major trouble, as the 2016-17 season produced approximately 350 spawners on the Thompson and 140 on the Chilcotin.



How is the provincial government supporting sustainable fisheries in BC with limited steelhead interception? 


While there are many threats to steelhead, the clear and present danger is net interception; (both commercial and First Nation) in the Fraser and Skeena and in the saltwater approaches including the Dean Channel. Incidental by-catch of steelhead seems to increase each year. DFO's refusal to take steelhead into consideration when planning commercial net fisheries is a stake in the heart for these magnificent fish.


A strong provincial voice and presence is absolutely required to make DFO take note and effect change. Speak up, let your voice be heard and your voice counted.

SSBC Winter 2016/17 Newsletter