As of August 15th, the Entire Skeena Watershed is closed to Chinook Fishing.
This closure comes on the heels of the closure of the watershed to sockeye fishing.
Historic low numbers saw DFO place a closure in the watershed earlier this summer, but it re-opened to a limited and restricted catch on July 15th, that ban includes first nations.
The Federal agency noted earlier this summer that this year is a reflection of 2013 which was one of the worst fishing seasons on record.
A recent closure of a limited area on the Skeena river by the Kitsumkalum was brought on by concerns over the number of Chinook. It was sanctioned by the DFO
It was sanctioned by the DFO, but it was the first nations own decision to put the closure in place.
The closure in place as of today is being undertaken to ensure, as much as possible, a good spawning rate for the Chinook stocks.