Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Squamish River System
Until we get gillnets out of our rivers, address Pinnipeds and have serious dollars invested by the Feds and Province, things don't look good! Simply put our governments have to put a higher value on the social and economic benefits of sport fishing industry.
I have also talked to friends who are in the area at the moment and it sounds like the worst year in a number of years!
In the last update from the Province here's what they said the Bulkely-Morice River is 24% of the average as of Sept 19th! Read more below:
"Tyee Test Fishery operations began on June 10th this year. The cumulative Skeena River summer steelhead index to September 19th was 67.31. The average to this date = 149.48 (range: 22.88 (1955) to 261.99 (1998)). The escapement for Skeena summer run steelhead this season is estimated to be *16,491, 47% of the average to this date = 34,468 (range: 5,606 to 64,186). To this date, the 2019 steelhead abundance estimate ranks the run size at 15th most abundant of 17 years of operations to this date.
The Pacific Stock Assessment Review Committee (PSARC) vetted threshold of 35 K has been met in 15 of the past 65 years (23%) while the PSARC vetted minimum escapement target of 23 K has been met in 31 of the past 65 years (48%).
The Widzin Kwah/Witset Mark-Recapture project began on July 3rd. To Sept 19th, 229 steelhead have been captured – 67 in the beach seine fishery below the falls and 162 in the dipnet fishery at the falls, including 2 beach seine-tagged recaptures. The population estimate for Bulkley-Morice river steelhead upstream of Witset Falls to Sept 19th is 3,119, 24% of the average to this date = 12,801 (range: 3,119 (2019) to 30,302 (2010)). Thanks to Wet’suwet’en Fisheries, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation."
Last edited by cohochinook; 09-23-2019 at 05:47 PM.