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Nass river sockeye returns below forecast

The Nisga’a Fisheries and Wildlife Department says this year’s sockeye run for the Nass River is below average.

The current return estimate for Nass sockeye stands at 295,000, which is only 51% of the pre-season estimate of 595,000.

The department believes the lower run is due to poor marine conditions two years ago that lowered the survival rate of juvenile salmon.

Nass chinooks are also below pre-season estimates; but on the positive side, coho, pink, and chum are showing returns higher than forecasted.

Due to the low return this year, the Nass River sale fisheries is postponed until further notice.

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