Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: SW Alaska, Bulkley Valley, Skeena
Both Sockeye and Chinook. Sockeye run, like parent run in 2013, will be very weak, so no gillnetting this year.
Typically, 75% of Chinook run is in Skeena by mid-July and 90% by the end of July.
If there was no opposition to C&R, DFO would have probably (???) enacted C&R a long time ago and at least significantly curtail anglers harvest. You can not have both.
Chinook runs in the last 6 years are about half what used to be in 1995 - 2010.
Also, gill netters have decimated native Sockeye so they made Fulton Channels. Well, that fish does not survive in Pacific so well as a wild fish.
It is time to curtail gillnetting of Sockeye and move to selective in-river fishery like Babine Fence or small mesh seine beaching.