VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – You can expect to pay more for Fraser Sockeye Salmon this year and several local fisherman are blaming the federal government for not acting on recommendations made by the Cohen Commission to fix the decline in stock.
There was a major drop in the number of sockeye hatched in 2009 and because fish typically run in a four year cycle, they’re set to return now.
“We didn’t get those fish and so there are no fish to come back. We’re struggling to get enough for ourselves let alone to sell,” explains fisherman Paul Kandt.
He, along with others, are still waiting for action to be taken after the Commission made its recommendations. The entire inquiry cost $30-million, took two years and looked into why there were less and less of the fish and how to fix the problem.
“The price of sockeye is going to go up, if there is any, but at the moment it looks like the end of any sockeye being caught in British Columbia this summer,” says Kandt.
He says a good run will only come every four years unless the recommendations are followed.