I would not be surprised that all Salmon species in river ( Skeena) fishery will be closed soon. For any commercial fishery at least 1.1 million of Sockeye is needed.
Ironically return to Nass is fine and in Bristol Bay Alaska Sockeye return is again above average. This is what happens when Commies destroyed native Babine Lake Sockeye and after Fulton Channels were build over 20 years ago, Juvenile Sockeye in an artificial Fulton Channels are growing in crowded environment before heading to the Pacific.
Good job dumb greedy Gill-netters. I hope form now returns will be around 800-900k plenty for First Nations food, local anglers and descent escapement , but ZERO for Gill-netters !!!!!!
The Tyee test fishery is the main in-season stock assessment tool for
estimating the relative abundance of Skeena River salmon. Daily in-season
escapements and total run size are estimated for sockeye only. Salmon returns
are variable and estimates are also subject to error as the annual catchability
of salmon by the Tyee test fishery net varies.
A total of 88,000 sockeye are estimated to have passed the Tyee test fishery by
July 18. On average, 33% of the aggregate Skeena sockeye return passes the Tyee
test fishery by July 18. The Skeena sockeye aggregate in-season return to
Canada forecast is from 163,000 (one week early) to 515,000 (one week late)
with a point estimate of 264,000.
The current minimum escapement goal of 400,000 is based on the lowest observed
escapement from which Skeena Sockeye recovered after a landslide in 1950 that
blocked fish passage into Babine River.
Based on current assessments the aggregate return is forecast to be below this
minimum escapement goal; subsequently, there is no surplus of sockeye available
for a directed harvest.
The next update will be Thursday July 25, 2019.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Sandra Davies 250-627-3426
Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0680
Sent July 19, 2019 at 1609