Fisheries Officers with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans have been working overtime during the Fraser River sockeye salmon run this year.
They tweeted out that last week during their night patrol in Chilliwack fisheries officers “arrested 4 poachers & seized 1 vessel, 5 sturgeon, 12 nets, & over 200 sockeye.”
Live fish were released back into the river and charges are pending.
Sturgeon, as you may know, are a protected species in the river. You’re absolutely not allowed to retain them, and anyone who fishes for them knows it’s a catch an release thing.
Something you may not know is that the DFO posts and promotes the convictions they make.
It’s sadly a very short list (a handful per month) of people they catch despite many more getting away with infractions, but a fairly good deterrent. Fishers do not want their names ending up on this list.
– Bob Kronbauer, Vancouver is Awesome