This week I am traveling; drove from Prince George to Victoria for a family function. Had some time in the sun on the ferry crossing.
Last week I heard a senior DFO manager explain the number of variables affecting salmon forecasting — things like Humboldt squid, changing ocean conditions, freshwater productivity, and so on and so on.
I asked: “do you think that setting maximum sustained yield (i.e. fishing mortality) at 60% of a run is all that responsible then?”
There was some significant back tracking…
I have always found the term “escapement” to refer to salmon that enter rivers that may — or may not — spawn, a very bizarre term… a very human-centric term… a very western science term…
Maybe the addition of one of those fish that hasn’t broken out of jail:
“whoa folks… slow down the computer model says only a few of us should make it through…”
In December 2009, Simon Fraser University and others convened a Salmon Think Tank. Little did they know, these have been around for awhile…:
The salmon reconvened in the 90s: