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Fraser sockeye returns can’t support First Nations fisheries: DFO

It’s a sign of just how poor Fraser River sockeye returns are this summer.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has issued a non-retention notice for First Nations Food, Social, and Ceremonial Fisheries of sockeye in most southern BC marine waters.

The DFO says the numbers of Fraser sockeye through the marine assessment areas still far below pre-season expectations.

Fisheries and Oceans says the summer-run sockeye numbers were expected to make up a large portion on the Fraser abundance, but that hasn’t happened.

Officials say they there are not enough fish to support continued First Nations Food, Social, and Ceremonial fisheries.

The non-retention notice takes effect tonight at 11:59 and applies to areas 11 to 21, 29, 111, 121, and 123 to 127.

Commercial and recreational fisheries remain closed.

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2 comments

  1. In a recent front page blurb in the local newspaper those designated to hand out fish for families stated the allowance was a couple of fish/family. From that comment, it doesn’t sound like too much fish is harvested/provided to make a huge dent in the runs. But then again – there are the Commercial/Vending sales where the less valuable fish is provided to the Community. Anyone have any stats in this regard as to how many fish is actually harvested for the Community???

  2. THE FISHERIES SHOULD OF LISTENED 20 YEARS AGO WHEN ALL THE SUPPER TANKERS STARTED COMING INTO OUR HARBOURS AND DIPOSING OF THEIR WASTE.
    WHAT HAPPENED TO POLUTION CONTROL ?

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