More than 70 fishers lined the banks of the Fraser River near Hope summer of 2018 during a recreational fishery. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard file)

Letter-writer says rec/commercial sectors are not in fact fishing the Fraser

‘There have been absolutely no salmon openings for recreational anglers,” Nick Basok writes

My name is Nick Basok and I am the vice-president of the Fraser Valley Salmon Society that is based out of Chilliwack and also an avid Fraser River angler for the past 60 years. There was an article on page six of the Aug. 14 edition of The Progress titled, “B.C. First Nations call for closure to commercial and recreational fishing on the Fraser River,” and I take exception to the theme put forward here.

This article gives the readers the idea that commercial and recreational fishermen are on the Fraser in force, devastating the salmon resource. The fact is that neither the commercial nor recreational fisherman has been on the Fraser this year at all.

I would also take exception to the phrase “unregulated recreational and commercial fisheries” as when these fisheries do open they are totally regulated by date, time and possession limits.

The only salmon fishing being done on the Fraser this year has been done by First Nations groups in their constitutionally protected food, social and ceremonial fisheries.

Granted, some First Nations groups may voluntarily not be fishing, but many still are, whereas there have been absolutely no salmon openings for the recreational anglers.

These are trying times for all user groups on the Fraser who fish for salmon, caused by low numbers of fish returning and natural disasters like the Big Bar slide. However, articles such as this one without proper facts of what exactly is happening on the river are detrimental to all.

Nick Basok

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Just Posted

Minus two-degree weather a warm welcome following cold snap in Chilliwack

People flocked to the hills Saturday, sleds in hand, to take in some snowy fun in Chilliwack

VIDEO: Highway 1 to look like winter war zone until owners retrieve wrecked vehicles

Tow-truck driver says 30 vehicles still dot snowy landscape, including one rolled-over dairy truck

Charity Clothes2U ready to hand out free items to people in need in Chilliwack

The Clothes2U Winter Giveaway event will be in Chilliwack at Cooke’s Presbyterian Church

Pickup truck motorist drives up vehicle ramp and onto parked trailer on Chilliwack road

The incident happened on Young Road after Chilliwack was handed another dump of snow Friday night

5 to 10 cm of snow still coming to Fraser Valley: Environment Canada

Hard to say when the freezing rain will turn to regular rainfall, Environment Canada says

‘Like an ATM’: World’s first biometric opioid-dispensing machine launches in B.C.

First-of-its-kind dispensing machine unveiled in the Downtown Eastside with hopes of curbing overdose deaths

B.C. society calls out conservation officer after dropping off bear cub covered in ice

Ice can be seen in video matted into emaciated bear cub’s fur

Horgan cancels event in northern B.C. due to security concerns, says Fraser Lake mayor

The premier will still be visiting the city, but the location and day will not be made public

B.C. landlord sentenced to two years in jail for torching his own rental property

Wei Li was convicted of intentionally lighting his rental property on fire in October 2017

PHOTOS: Eastern Newfoundland reeling, search underway for missing man after blizzard

More than 70 centimetres of new snow fell overnight, creating whiteout conditions

Prince Harry, Meghan to give up ‘royal highness’ titles

‘Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,’ says Queen Elizabeth II

Canada Post driver in hospital after ice smashes windshield at Massey Tunnel

Incident happened on Richmond side of the Massey Tunnel

Calls for dialogue as Coastal GasLink pipeline polarizes some in northern B.C.

Coastal GasLink is building the 670-kilometre pipeline from British Columbia’s northeast to Kitimat on the coast

Closed mills, housing surge support a positive forecast for lumber industries

B.C. lumber producers have closed mills accounting for 18% of province’s capacity, RBC report says

Most Read