Proper management ensures the health of the next generation of salmon and Gitanyow’s fishing cultures. Sustaining the integrity of the Gitanyow Lax Yip in a way that still provides economic benefits for the Gitanyow Huwilp and other harvesting groups. Dipnet and fishwheel fisheries are also gentle on the catch, so it reduces bruising and scale-loss, generating a high-quality harvest product. All fish are thoroughly bleed at the time of harvest for the maximum river to kitchen table quality.
In 2011 in partnership with the BC Government, Gitanyow established the Hanna Tintina Conservancy which protected the two main sockeye tributaries of the Meziadin system. In 2016 Gitanyow Fisheries, through scientific studies, discovered that climate change had altered a stream, as a result, it became more productive for sockeye salmon and ended up representing 40% of the Meziadin run.
Gitanyow attempted to negotiate with BC for 4 years to expand the conservancy to include this new important habitat, but due to mineral tenures in the watershed, they would not agree. On Aug 28, 2021, Gitanyow under their own law, declared the entire watershed; Meziadin Indigenous Protected Area, protecting it from major development.