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Upper Fraser Chinook and Sockeye stocks face extinction if no action is taken!

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Based on the link some rock clearing has already been done

Girouard, the DFO spokesperson, acknowledged that the problem will require a sustained effort*in the short term and*into the years ahead in order to protect future salmon stocks. She said there will be "rock manipulation" underway throughout the winter to make it easier for fish to move past the obstruction.
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Based on Bolen's image, I'd say there is no problem and nothing else should be done.
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Based on Bolen's image, I'd say there is no problem and nothing else should be done.
Based on the report that the slide debris has created a "waterfall" up to 5 meters (16' +) at some river flows, it is a problem. All salmon and most steelhead are stopped by the water velocity created by a 14' vertical drop. Since the sockeye and Chinook have to migrate upstream while the summer flows are typically still quite high in the Fraser River, doing nothing is likely to eliminate the Early Stuart sockeye run, among others.
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There have been blockages before in the Fraser that were fixed to help migrating fish. I sincerely hope a solution comes forth that allows these fish to keep doing what they have mostly done for years. I also have selfish reasons for coming up with a solution: I fish some of those areas that could be affected; not directly for sockeye or Chinook but their presence, or lack thereof certainly affects the quality of fishing that I encounter.
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