July 27, 2009

B.C. sockeye run in free-fall

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It looks like the British Columbia sockeye salmon runs are crashing — at what should be a high point in their cycle, David Karp reports for The Vancouver Sun. The spring runs showed up at a fraction of their forecast abundance. The big question now is whether the much-more-abundant summer runs will follow the same pattern. If so, it poses a serious dilemma: Should fishing be limited even for poverty-stricken first nations that depend on the sockeye as a major protein source?

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