Fraser River sockeye salmon run looking promising

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      After three disastrous years, initial signs are pointing to a strong return of the iconic sockeye salmon to the Fraser River this summer.

      According to Barry Rosenberger, an area director for Fisheries and Oceans Canada and vice chair of the joint U.S.–Canada Fraser River Panel of the Pacific Salmon Commission, the first run of the season, called the early Stuart, exceeded expectations. He told the Straight that the next early summer run, estimated at 950,000 fish, is getting close to its peak, and looking “larger than the preseason forecast”.

      The bulk of the returning salmon are forecast to come in two more runs. The mid-point projection for the last one, which is the late run, is at least eight million fish.

      According to Rosenberger, fish from these two runs are starting to show up in approach areas. “So far, the indications are better than preseason forecasts,” Rosenberger said by phone.

      A regulatory announcement issued by the panel on August 3 stated that size assessments for summer- and late-run sockeye will be available in the middle of this month.

      It pointed to the danger posed to migrating fish by warm temperatures in the river. Between Friday and Wednesday (August 6 and 11), temperatures are expected to range between 18 ° C and 20 ° C at Qualark Creek, a tributary that joins the Fraser south of Yale, near Hope. These temperatures “may cause en route mortality of some of these fish”, according to the announcement.

      A federal commission investigating the collapse of the Fraser River sockeye fishery will begin holding public forums this month.

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      S. Almon

      Aug 24, 2010 at 9:25pm

      Deja vu all over again. Go here http://www.bchydro.com/news/articles/conservation/vanished_fraser_sockey... to find out just how this is all going to turn out.

      This same genius, Rosenwhatever, predicted record runs of sockeye last year. Roughly 1/10th of the number of fish showed up, leaving the over-edjumacted fish professors to shrug their shoulders and utter: "Who knew?"

      I'll tell you who knew: Everyone but the people in charge of the fishery. The natives knew. The sporties new. The long-liners knew. The seiners knew.

      But, for some reason, the feckless geniuses tasked with "managing" the fishery didn't have a clue. Go figure.

      Good work, people. Keep it up. By 2015 we'll be just like the Grand Banks -- void of fish.

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