Originally published by the Prince George Citizen, August 29, 2018
By Randy Shore / Vancouver Sun
Sockeye salmon entering the Fraser River this week will be aided by cooling water temperatures, which should decrease mortality and help them reach their spawning grounds up river in better condition.
“This is very good news as temperatures were a little bit high for a while,” said Jennifer Nener, director of salmon management for the Pacific Region of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).
B.C.’s terrible fire season appears to have been beneficial for the sockeye.
“The lower ambient temperature on the water has been a serendipitous result of smoke from the forest fires,” said commercial fisherman Dane Chauvel, chair of the B.C. Salmon Marketing Council. “Because it’s hazy it just hasn’t been as hot, so that is bad news for the forest, but good for the sockeye.”
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