Predicted high numbers of Fraser River sockeye could mean trouble for weaker salmon stocks

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Watershed Watch Ecologist, Aaron Hill, comments on the threat to weak salmon stocks in the Surrey Leader article Super sockeye run could whack weak stocks. Hill states, “People have sockeye fever. The problem is the huge return is being driven by a few large populations. When we fish those big runs hard there’s a lot of collateral damage with smaller runs that get caught as bycatch.”

The article also reports, “The mid-range estimate for the Fraser run is 23 million sockeye, but the pre-season forecast shows it could potentially go as high as 72 million.”

“Hill argues strong runs of sockeye could be more safely targeted by fishing in specific tributaries of the Fraser, and by using selective fisheries that can release endangered salmon like Interior coho.”

“The sockeye now migrating back to B.C. from the north Pacific are the spawn of the massive 2010 run when 30 million unexpectedly returned.”

 

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