Headline in the Cowichan News Leader:
It’s still likely to stand as the biggest return of Fraser River sockeye salmon in living memory.
But scientists now expect to chop their estimate of this year’s immense run by as much as 20 per cent.
That could take the final count of fish from 34.5 million sockeye down to around 29 million, according to Pacific Salmon Commission chief biologist Mike Lapointe.
Where’s all the big media outlets now?
Why is this story only running in a smaller local paper?
Sure, it’s still a record run, but if your financial advisor was off by 20 per cent in predictions would you keep ’em?
What does this mean for groups of stocks such as the Early Summers which has lots of stocks in trouble? DFO was to target 25% of these for fisheries — if run-size estimates are off by 20% does this mean fishing rates could start approaching 40-50% on the Early Summers? This is bad news for runs like the Bowron and others…
time for serious change, wouldn’t you say?