Friday, July 10, 2009

Sockeye openings

A Fishery Notice copied below explaining the assessment of the sockeye runs is still ongoing and any decisions for openings will be made later today.
The Skeena sockeye daily Tyee numbers are not posted yet for the 8-9th, so we have no way of knowing if the run perked up or not. The Area Chief did recently state that the run would require a couple of good spurts to allow for openings.

This will be interesting to examine how DFO handles this situation. We dont need to remind them of what occurred in 2008, I'm sure they are well aware of the Tyee overestimate. What we should keep an eye out for is the amount of precaution involved in any DFO decision. If some mediocre numbers came through on the 8-9th and DFO goes ahead with commercial fishing, then we know exactly what level of precaution to expect...not much. But, if DFO maintains its stance on requiring stronger, more sustained sockeye numbers before any openings, then that might signal some change in management.

Category(s): COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Gill Net
Subject: FN0491-Commercial - Salmon: Gill Net - Area C - Areas 3, 4, 5, & 6 - Opening
Areas 3, 4 & 5 - Assessment of Skeena and Nass Sockeye continues. Announcement is delayed to Friday, July 10, at 14:00 hours.

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