Rivers running pink with near-record salmon returns

By Nelson Bennett
Business in Vancouver
September 5, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BRITISH COLUMBIA — It’s going to be another dismal year for Fraser River sockeye, but the sport fishing industry is reportedly enjoying a banner year thanks to improved chinook and coho abundance. Pink salmon are also returning in near-record numbers, though that doesn’t necessarily mean commercial fishermen will have the chance to catch them – if they are mingled with threatened species, like sockeye – nor are they likely to make much profit from them, given depressed prices. …Fraser River pink salmon were expected to come in this year at 6.1 million. But as of last week, based on test fisheries, the Pacific Salmon Commission upped its in-season forecast to 20 million. If that forecast is fulfilled, it would be a near-record return – the record being 24 million Fraser River pinks in 2003. Fraser River sockeye, on the other hand, appear to be coming in closer to their pre-season forecast of just 1.6 million.

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