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There are a few "truths" in this article, but what I precieve by the publication is a bit of political strategy to keep the public aware of the danger of ANY nets in the Fraser River. Some very careful editing and a quote from Rick Hansen that he made several years ago does not lend a lot of credibility to the article. It is interesting to note that in last night's Van Sun "a judicial investigation of racially based commercial fisheries will determine if poaching is a problem".......Geez, more money spent to find out what everyone already knows......

The Fraser has always had poachers, as do many other streams and forrests
The guides in the Fraser Valley certainly know how many fish are around and whether the population is decling.
The estimated reduction in the number of Surgeon since 2004 seems a little errant to me.

Where is this data to support the claim?

Sometimes a nice little article, with no supporting documenrts and a few timely quotes can go a long way........... Ortho
 

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Well, of course it is in the guides interest to protect, conserve, and make sure there are enough fish in the river to keep a multi million $$$ industry alive....This is one of the points that often gets overlooked. Where do all the people stay before and after their trips? where do they eat? where do they buy their gas and groceries?
A complete closure of the fisheries in the Fraser would be out of the question because of all the spin-offs to the local economy.
SARA is a very powerful group, but don't think for a momment they are not politically driven.
They are masters at taking web available data and letters and twisting the facts slightly in their favour. To list the Fraser Sturgeon as a species at risk might have been a good choice ten years ago, but it is clear to most people who actually KNOW anything about Fraser River sturgeon..they are a very durable species and have made a nice recovery during this period.

However, they do grow rather slowly and we must always keep that in mind.
Consider the fact that if the sturgeon fishing was closed in the Fraser......and the public were informed of the Grave circumstances surrounding the survival of this species and it WAS registered as a "species at risk". Then.the public would be a lot less sympathetic to the sturgeon "by-catch" by all the netting process' no matter who is netting.
Big problem.......no eaasy solution/...................Ortho 8)
 
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