LETTER: Frustrated about gillnets | Squamish Chief

LETTER: Frustrated about gillnets

DFO has had the Fraser River open fAor several gillnet fisheries on the Fraser River this summer, despite saying that the closures for sport and commercial fishing were for conservation concerns of chinook, along with one of the worst years for Fraser River sockeye ever. We all know that gillnets can’t selectively fish.

 Thus far, DFO’s own website is reporting 8,716 chinook harvested in these fisheries in the lower Fraser River.

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The harvest of Chinook in the mid and upper Fraser River is 2,254.

They also harvested 7,692 sockeye in the upper and mid-Fraser river.

After having fishing closed in the Howe Sound and Vancouver area from April 1 to Aug. 31, 2020, this appears to be more like a selective reallocation of salmon than an actual move to act on conservation! 

We have to ask federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan how she can allow this mismanagement to happen?

Dave Brown

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