The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council says urgent and collaborative action needs to be taken to conserve and sustain salmon on the Fraser River.
For decades, there have been poor returns of salmon in the Fraser. Estimates for sockeye didn’t come close to reality as DFO determined the numbers just weren’t there and they closed the sockeye fishery for all sectors- commercial, sport and first nations. The tribal council sees DFO’s efforts to manage stock as well as those by as their U.S. counterpart are failing Canadian First Nations Fisheries.
The fisheries manager for the council says one river, the Chilako that flows into the Nechako river, saw only four Chinook, one of which was dead, being counted. The Chinook run has also been poor for a number of years due to human activity like industrialization and agriculture, but this years Chinook number were very alarming.
Tribal council Chief Terry Teegee says if the salmon vanish his nation will be deeply wounded.
The Carrier Sekani are looking for a more direct involvement in decision making at both the provincial and federal level to save the Fraser River salmon.