A two-plus year study led by the British Columbia Supreme Court Justice on the huge decline of Fraser River sockeye runs finds “no smoking gun.”
The thousand-plus page report did make 75 recommendations, including closing dozens of fish farm operations on the sockeye migration path, if they are deemed to be a hazard.
In 2009, 1.4-million sockeye under a forecast of 10-million were expected to return to the largest river in southern B.C. The fallout led to a closure of all fisheries that summer.
But by 2010 the sockeye run was tabbed at 35-million, the largest since 1913, and then dipped to around 4.5-million in 2011 and 2.3-million last summer.
Here is a link to the story from the CBC News website.