Unfortunate News

Well, its not always good news but it is news anyway. I received an email today and thought it was worthy of sharing. Here it is:

Wasted fish!

Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2011 20:50:01 -0700

I just got back for a trip up north today, and
having too little time to get any work done, and a fine sunny day, I took the
opportunity to fly up the Fraser Valley and do a few gravel bar landings that I
haven’t had the chance to do for months, whether due to high water or busy work

What I saw horrified me! All along the river in
the Chilliwack area were large scale shore line net fishing operations, many
with piles of dead fish rotting in the sun on the beaches, hundreds of dead
fish drifting in the shallows in some cases hundreds of yards downstream from
the netting location. Since these are shore line netting operations I must
assume they were native fisheries since it is an illegal method for all others.

There were large plastic totes of fish, some
dumped over with contents spilling out onto the beach, and in many cases nobody
around to collect these fish. Other places where gathering of fish was going on
while traveling upstream, were abandoned when I flew the return flight about a
half hour later.

It was a hot sunny day, and these fish will rot
in very short order out of the water.

Normally I support native food fisheries for
their own use, but this kind of waste leaves a bad taste of rotting fish in my
mouth that will rapidly sour my support for the native fishery.

I intend on notifying the federal fisheries
department tomorrow, and also local news media outlets.

DFO says it is a big mystery what happened to
the fish stocks in recent years. I think part of the mystery has been solved!

Photos attached. Spread the word, go out there
and take your own photos, and tell the world this waste is simply not

  1. #1 by Heidi on September 26, 2011 - 10:50 am

    This is a serious crime against our fishing stock and heritage!!! What possessed these people to do this??? I know exactly where this is and there is no excuse whatsoever for this. The Chilliwack natives are always complaining about getting their quota and all the restrictions involved thereof but this is totally ignorant and as for a native – I would think against their spiritual beliefs as salmon represents the return of their ancesteral spirits to feed their nation which they have now shunned and insulted.

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