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Commercial fishermen and wild salmon advocates celebrate a major return to BC. body of water

Summer 2022 is shaping up to be a bountiful harvest of both pink and sockeye salmon in British Columbia rivers. decades.

Mitch Dudoward says he has worked in the salmon industry for over 40 years, fishing the Skeena River in the northwest BC. It has never been better.

"Looking back at the catch so far, this is the best season I can remember in my life," says aboard the gillnet vessel Irenda, who recently finished catching a large sockeye salmon. he said Dudoward.

Meanwhile, Bob Chamberlin, president of the First Nations Wild Salmon Alliance, says thousands of pinks will grow after years of minimal harvests. Salmon said Central He lives in coastal rivers.

Two years after closing two open-net Atlantic salmon farms in the region, there has been positive activity. farms have been removed from BC waters.

"We removed them, and two years later there were 200 fish in the river, and now there are thousands.

Spawning sockeye salmon on Oct. 4 at Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park near Chase, British Columbia. can be seen going up the Adams River. 2011. (The Canadian Press)

Canadian Fisheries and Ocean Service (DFO) spokesperson Lara Sloan noted that the department's observations indicate that sockeye salmon are returning to the Skeena River in large numbers. said to show that

"Test fisheries now show that returns for Skeena sockeye are tracking the upper end of projections, with mid-season estimates of about 4 million sockeye salmon," Sloan said in a statement. increase. Many areas in British Columbia, Washington, and Alaska are doing better than projected for 2022. ''

Her five-year average earnings for sockeye against Skeena are 1.4 million, and her 10-year average is 1.7 million. said Sloan.

Dudoward said Skeena's sockeye season ended this week, but it could have lasted longer.

"He has to fish until the end of August when the sockeye stops moving," he said. Note the salmon strain.

“Towards 2022, the department will manage the impact of commercial fishing on stocks of conservation concern, such as declining wild sockeye salmon populations and the return of chums and steelheads to the Sukina River. So we're taking a more proactive approach," she said.

The DFO also expects large sockeye salmon outbreaks in the Fraser River this summer, but fewer returns to the northern and central coastal rivers and streams of the Chinook, Coho and Cham. expected.

For 2022, the projected range for Fraser River sockeye salmon is 2.3 million to 41.7 million, with a median projection of 9.7 million," Sloan said. “The median projection means that there is a 50% chance that it will fall below that level.”

Well over the estimated 2.5 million.

The future of open-net farming in question

Open-net in British Columbia waters Salmon The debate about the future of salmon farming has strong implications. 46}

In 2018, the BC Government, First Nations, Salmon aquaculture industry agreed to phase out 17 open net farms in the Broughton Archipelago between 2019 and 2023. Agreed.

This agreement has been negotiated. Establish migration corridors that do not require farms to reduce damage to wild salmon. and Sake . Farmers in the Discovery Islands, between the mainland and northeastern Vancouver Island, talk about the future of open net farming.

A final decision on the ranch's future is expected in January 2023, he said.

"This is an important migration route for all Fraser River salmon, especially coho salmon and chinook," says Chamberlin. of disability. ''