Grey area..........regs say missing fin with a healed scar. I talked to dfo about this and they said "how do you know its a miss clip,or a mutation" so he said afterwards better not to have any fin showing.
While sampling for the mark(coded wire tag) recovery program, I've observed many adipose clipped salmon that either had an incorrectly clipped or regenerated adipose.
An ethical angler would want to release such fish. If said angler did retain such fish, they may remove the head and submit it to a Mark Recovery Head Depot(most tackle shops), and describe the appearance of the adipose fin on the sportfishing head label they will be given
I have helped out at one of the hatcheries and cutting the fin has an art to it
you could easily half clip one and it slips out of your grasp slides down the trough and into the barrel with a ton of clipped fish
no way are you going to empty the barrel to look for a possible half clipped fish
so yes it does happen :wallbash:
but if in doubt put it back :hmmm:
Same thing happend to me, a nice 10 lb chrome doe, first coho of the season. Decided to release it. Didnt want to chance it as it was unclear if it was a misclip or not, and as far as I know there has to be no fin. No worries though as there will be many more.
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