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Thompson Run - Lowest on Record

"The inseason forecast for the 4 stocks that make up Thompson steelhead is 370 at the present time. The inseason forecast for the 3 stocks that make up Chilcotin steelhead is 130 at the present time. These forecasts represent record low abundances over 33 and 45 year monitoring time"

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Sad news, is there any leading theory to the decline in the return?
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The news gets worse with a 4 day commercial gillnet fishery starting yesterday on the Fraser. DFO wants to put death nail into Thompson Steelhead. This has to STOP! Hopefully our newly elected federal government might listen.
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Its not only my opinion, but a pile of others that think this test net fishery is "bunk", as far as predicting fish numbers. If you actually look at how the test nets are set up and working, you might actually laugh....As for the new Feds looking after steelhead in the Thompson, wont happen. DFO does not manage steelhead guys. Christy Clark and the Province handle steelhead.
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Who do we lobby?

The more voices that speak up over this atrocity the better. Can anyone tell us who to write to, phone, Harass! .... Sitting idly by while this treasure slips into extinction cannot be an option.
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Boy, that is dismal news. But don't rush to blame the netters or the gov't. This year's summer steelhead run on the Columbia was 25% below the ten-year average. The coho run was less than half the ten year average, and the Chinook jack counts were also in the toilet. This suggests poor ocean survival which is often dictated by survival during the first month following ocean entry. Several things are happening in the ocean - its warm, the assemblage of zooplankton species in the N. Pacific collected in plankton tows have tended to be of lower than usual caloric value, and there are predatory fish from the south being caught way north of their usual haunts. I am not saying the nets and gov't mismanagement aren't an issue. But the data suggests the overly warm ocean is at least a part of the problem. Sadly, ocean conditions have not improved since the 2014 outmigration, so we may be seeing the leading edge of a broad decline in the abundance of the fish we love. Stay tuned.
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Warm Water

Talking with a retired fishery worker recently he pointed out the same thing. Coho on my river are almost non existent this year. There is a warm water blob off the coast this year that is causing this. El Nineo will do its number again next year I'm told. This should be all the more reason we lobby Government and Fisheries to protect what is coming in. A 4 day commercial gillnet fishery in this climate is Crazy!

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Boy, that is dismal news. But don't rush to blame the netters or the gov't. This year's summer steelhead run on the Columbia was 25% below the ten-year average. The coho run was less than half the ten year average, and the Chinook jack counts were also in the toilet. This suggests poor ocean survival which is often dictated by survival during the first month following ocean entry. Several things are happening in the ocean - its warm, the assemblage of zooplankton species in the N. Pacific collected in plankton tows have tended to be of lower than usual caloric value, and there are predatory fish from the south being caught way north of their usual haunts. I am not saying the nets and gov't mismanagement aren't an issue. But the data suggests the overly warm ocean is at least a part of the problem. Sadly, ocean conditions have not improved since the 2014 outmigration, so we may be seeing the leading edge of a broad decline in the abundance of the fish we love. Stay tuned.
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Well, it's officially closed for the season, and won't be reopening
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Extremely sad to hear. I hope we can get that run of fish back on track.
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