At least three Atlantic salmon showed up last weekend in Aboriginal nets along the Fraser River —including one near Chilliwack.
It’s setting off alarms because it’s exceedingly rare, said Cheam Chief Ernie Crey, a director with the Fraser Valley Aboriginal Fisheries Society (FVAFS).
The Atlantic salmon were noted by catch monitors at: Shxwhá:y Village in Chilliwack, Yale First Nation, and Katzie First Nation, near Pitt Meadows.
“We count and monitor and certify the Aboriginal catch, and turn that data over to DFO.
“Recently we found out that three Atlantic salmon had been reported,” said Crey, talking about the work of the FVAFS.
How rare is it? The last time he remembers was in the late 1990s..
“Its time to keep fish farms inland.”