Popular pastime banned in parts of B.C. as drought worsens
Saturday, July 4, 2015, 5:05 PM - The B.C. government has banned angling on Vancouver Island and the Gulf island as extremely dry weather conditions impact the province.
The ban, effective Saturday, accompanies the government's decision to increase the drought rating in both areas to Level 4, the highest ranking on the drought monitor scale.
"As we experience warmer and drier weather, it is important that we are able to quickly protect vulnerable fish stocks," said Steve Thomson, minister of forests lands and natural resource operations.
Restrictions are in place for vulnerable areas. On the west coast, Bamfield south to Victoria; on the east, Campbell River south to Victoria. Here are the key rivers impacted by the ban, as reported by the CBC:
- Little Qualicum
- San Juan
The provinces stresses the drought's impact on agriculture, wildlife, and fish stocks, urging residents to maximize efforts in water conservation.