Letters: Fraser River anglers deserve to be allowed to fish

The closure of the Fraser River to recreational salmon fishing represents a very significant hardship to the many businesses that are dependent on this fishery. It’s estimated that the fishery in years of stock abundance exceeds $100 million in revenues to local communities. Equally important is the loss of family opportunities to enjoy this priceless Canadian heritage. The Fraser River Sportfishing Alliance recognizes and supports conservation concerns for chinook and sockeye stocks. We also the constitutional priorities of First Nations. But we demand that our rights as Canadian citizens be recognized and that our fisheries be opened immediately, as other priorities have been addressed and

Update: Low salmon returns mean few openings on the Fraser

Fraser River salmon returns for 2017 have been very low. Following conservation in terms of DFO priorities is providing Indigenous communities with food, social and ceremonial (FSC) fishery openings, which have been few so far this year. The river is closed to recreational fishing right now. “It is challenging,” acknowledged Jennifer Nener, DFO Pacific Region’s director of salmon management, on a conference call media update Friday. Complaints about the lack of recreational openings for chinook salmon have been received by DFO in the wake of its cautious management adopted for conservation reasons. “The Fraser River Sportfishing Alliance has grave concerns that the Fraser River recreational

Future of Fraser River's 2nd largest sockeye population unclear 3 years after mining disaster

Sockeye impacted by the tailings dam breach at Mount Polley returning to spawn next year remove this after the video team refactors thePlatformPlaylist.js note: values are 'on' and 'off' New Style Sheets StartFragment When the dam at the Mount Polley mine collapsed in August of 2014, it spilled 24 million cubic metres of toxic waste into Quesnel Lake, destroying important spawning beds and forcing an estimated 1.5 million spawning sockeye to swim through polluted waterways. Now, the future of the second largest sockeye run on British Columbia's Fraser River is in question and the federal fisheries critic is slamming the federal government for its lack of response. The spill resulted in a l

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