Globe and Mail article: Lake Babine natives celebrate revived sockeye fishery

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A selective fishery on the Babine River was reopened this year after being shut down in 1906. The fishery invovled a counting fence and lake beach seining, both techniques that allow a high degree of sorting so only the targeted fish are kept and all others are released. In the Globe and Mail article Lake Babine natives celebrate revived sockeye fishery, Donna Macintyre, fisheries director for the Lake Babine Nation states, “It is a selective fishery … we use dip nets and can release any non-target salmon; that’s why it is such a valuable fishery, and that’s why we [were authorized to get] it going again.” Greg Knox of SkeenaWild Conservation Trust added that conservationists support the native fishery because it is so selective, stating, “Their location and harvesting techniques allow these fisheries to intercept strong runs while allowing smaller, weaker populations to reach their spawning areas. They are some of the most sustainable salmon fisheries in the world.”

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