Unprecedented Early Escapement of Sockeye in the Somass River
Sockeye salmon in the Somass River are trying something new. As reported in the Alberni Valley Times article Sockeye catches fall drastically with unprecedented early escapement levels, a large portion of the sockeye have returned directly to the river, avoiding both commercial and sports fishers in the process. This is a situation that hasn’t been observed in this system and has left managers and fishers wondering how to plan for future years.
The article reports: “Tseshaht Chief Councillor Les Sam said while there has been a lot of finger-pointing by the various sectors about over-aggressive fisheries, there is general agreement that this level of early escapement has taken the fishery into new territory.”