Majority of illegal salmon fishers are shore-based 0
The majority of nets seized along Fraser River areas banned from all types of salmon fishing have been shore-based nets cast along the coastline, according to Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Just this past weekend, another boat and 10 more nets were seized.
Nicole Gallant, spokeswoman for FOC, said on Monday nine vessels — all “sport fish boats … small tight-fit boats or car toppers” have been confiscated since Aug. 16 with 28 investigations underway.
Sixty nets were seized in the same period.
“The majority of these nets have been set and left fishing without an occupant or someone that’s there monitoring it,” Gallant said.
She said high water temperatures this year — which make it difficult for sockeye to survive — and low numbers have prompted the ban, which is in effect until further notice.
“Any illegal fishing activity jeopardizes the stocks we’re trying to get to return to the spawning ground.”