VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The number of sockeye salmon expected to swim up the Fraser River continues to grow, while prices continue to drop, in some cases by as much as 25 per cent.
The Pacific Salmon Commission says just over 30 million sockeye are expected to return to the river this year, and that’s five million more than first predicted. And it’ll be the largest run since 1913.
Randal Retel is a sports fisherman and says it’s very busy on the water and along the shoreline. “It’s been really good. Lots of fish, no problems. I’m getting my limit every day. Last year, there was no opening. It’s actually the first opening probably in the last four years. So there were not a lot of fish in the last few years, for sockeye.”
Greg Taylor of Ocean Fisheries says the B.C. cannery is extremely busy, and fishermen are making good money for the first time in years.