One of the poorest Skeena sockeye salmon returns on record has prompted the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to close the entire river Watershed to recreational salmon fishing for four weeks.
DFO North Coast Area Director Colin Masson says the numbers are so low, First Nations are forgoing their harvest of sockeye this year.
Masson says the closure decision was made after extensive consultation with First Nations, sports fishery representatives, and commercial operators.
Recreational fishing for Skeena coho, pink, and chinook will reopen July 15th.
DFO says recreational, commercial, and First Nations food, social, and ceremonial harvesting of sockeye will be closed for the 2017 season unless there is an indication of increased numbers.