Not only do early steelhead take it on the chin for the enhanced Babine sockeye, but discrete wild sockeye stocks throughout the system get hammered...many of which are seriously depressed. Add to these chum, which are a fraction of what they once were, and some of which are among the biggest in the world. All of these fish contribute to the diversity and total productivity of the system. Bottom line is mixed stock fisheries suck and are incompatible with healthy salmonid ecosystems. By now it is painfully apparent that there is nowhere on the planet they should be allowed, even in Alaska IMHO.For those that don't understand the implications here...simply put an increased commercially fishery for sockeye (Babine destined) in the mouth of the Skeena River will mean increased mortality for steelhead as early running steelhead migrate at the same time as the sockeye. Not good.
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