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.