August 23, 2016 – Chilliwack Progress

Dismal sockeye salmon run is Fraser River’s worst return in 120 years
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Sockeye Salmon Fishery
image credit: Black Press file photo
The worst return of sockeye salmon to the Fraser River in more than a century has kept the commercial fishery shut down and curtailed aboriginal food fishing.

The run size estimate of 853,000 returning sockeye – the lowest on record since 1893 – is barely one third of the 2.3 million salmon that had been expected to come back this summer. Only twice before in the past century has the Fraser run dipped below one million….
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