Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Fraser Sockeye Fishery May Be Certified as Sustainable

Salmon advocates in BC are taken aback by the recent announcement by the Marine Stewardship Council that they will be giving Fraser River Sockeye a sustainable certification. Fraser Sockeye have been in steady decline over the last 15-20 years and this years run fell 9 million fish short of the preseason estimate of 11 million fish. A number of factors may be contributing to dwindling returns on the Fraser, among the primary concerns climate change and its effect on early marine and in river adult survival, many have also drawn a connection between dwindling returns and fish farming in the Georgia Strait. While commercial fishing may not be the primary threat to the future of Fraser Sockeye labelling a fishery sustainable when it has experienced declines of that magnitude is unacceptable.

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