Déposant : Billy Proctor
Communauté : Simoom Sound
Déposé le : Novembre 2, 2010
Au début des années 1990, le MPO a tenu une réunion à Alert Bay, où les pêcheurs locaux ont déterminé des emplacements, ou des zones, appropriées à l’établissement de fermes d’élevage. Aujourd’hui, douze fermes de ce type sont situées dans des zones déterminées comme dangereuses pour le saumon sauvage, et les stocks de saumons kéta et rose ont décliné dans l’archipel de Broughton. L’ampleur de la remonte du saumon rouge du Fraser en 2010 est peut-être le résultat du retour simultané de saumons rouges de trois et de cinq ans, ainsi que de l’absence d’une éclosion de NHI dans les fermes d’élevage, au moment où les stocks de smolts de 2010 migraient vers le nord de l’océan Pacifique.
I am Billy Proctor and i have lived in the broughton archiplagoall of my 76 years and i have been a commercial fisher for over 60 years and i have run a hatcher for 27 years.
we used to have good runs of chums and pinks in the broughton runs of 3 000 000 were common even when the commercial fishing was open for 4 days a week.
now there has been no commercial fishing since 1986 except for one little opening in 2 little sub areas but even with the commercial fishing closed the runs are going down.
when the salmon farms first came to the broughton in the early 1990s there were still some good runs of pink and chum but since then they hae declined till now some of the streams only have very few spawners and some of the smallers creeks have none.
when the farms first came they told us that they did not want to put farms on the migartion route of the wild salmon because they said that the farm salmon would pick up sea lice from the wild salmon so the salmon farmers would come and ask me where the wild salmon migarted.
so d.f.o ,called a meeting in alert bay and we all went and marked on a map all the areas where there were prawns crabs and the migration routes of the wild salmon so they came out with a chart with green zone yellow zones and red zones green zones were good for farm sites yellow zones were a maybe and red zones were a on go for farms.
now there are 12 farms in the red zones.
my idea of the big sockeye run this year is its a year when 3 4 and 5 year old fish come in in the same year and another thing when the smolts for this years run came north the farms did not have the disease known IHN which is a deadly disease for sockeye.
when the mature sockeye are migrating down through johnstone strait the always follow the vancouver island shore and there are no salmon farms on that shore yet.