The Kitsumkalum First Nation are asking sports fishermen to avoid fishing at the Hogline and Kraut Bar until this Wednesday.
The Kitsumkalum fishery is concerned about Chinook salmon stocks. The ban went into effect yesterday (Sunday).
The first nation says they will be conducting a beach seine and gillnet fishery on the Skeena River at the Hogline and Kraut Bar to harvest Chinook for as community food source.
The decision was made in consultation with the Sport Fishing Advisory Board. Colin Masson with DFO says while they endorse the planned closure, it was a decision made at the local level and not by the federal department.
Similar closures, without DFO officially announcing a closure, has worked well on the Fraser River
Fishery manager from the Kitsumkalum will be monitoring catch rates to determine if Chinook stocks are abundant enough to support a continued fishery in the affected area.