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Anticipated smaller salmon runs a threat to all First Nations communities says Chief Bob Chamberlin

A report presented yesterday by Department of Fisheries and Oceans scientists says warming oceans are threatening wild salmon stocks.

The scientists say not only are oceans warming, but the warm El Nino current and the so-called Pacific Blob of warm water will further impact future salmon runs.

DFO scientists forecast a possible low run of 800,000 salmon, up to a high of 8 million, with a mean average of 2 million for Fraser River sockeye.

Chief Bob Chamberlin of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the Wild Salmon Alliance was at the presentation.

He says even if the mean average of 2 million salmon return, it’ll be hard times for coastal First Nations communities with only a food, social and ceremonial fishery allowed.

Chief Chamberlin adds it’s important to advance the science on salmon development in order to protect the fish; pointing to the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s tagging of smolt, and salmon genome work being conducted by Dr. Kristi Miller.

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