TNG suspends Fraser sockeye fishery

The Tsilhqot’in National Government has suspended the First Nation sockeye fishery on the Fraser River until Aug. 7.

The Tsilhqot’in National Government has suspended the First Nation sockeye fishery on the Fraser River until Aug. 7.

“We want the early Stuart run to get up to the Fort St. James area,” TNG fisheries manager Paul Grinder said Tuesday.

“It’s been an issue for a number of years and we’ve been trying to get all First Nation groups within the Fraser system working together for this closure.”

Meanwhile, the Chinook run on the Fraser River remains open and is doing well. People are fishing every night at the Rudy Johnson Bridge and the Sheep Creek Bridge, Grinder said, noting the water level is very high right now.

“If people catch a sockeye they throw it back in,” Grinder said.

“It’s a dip net fishery so it’s very selective and works very well.”