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2009 Fraser River sockeye updates
« on: July 03, 2009, 04:36:20 AM »

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Fraser River Panel met Thursday, July 2 to receive an update on the migration of Early Stuart sockeye and review the status of migration conditions in the Fraser River watershed.

In-season assessments of Early Stuart sockeye indicate that they are currently tracking less than the 75% probability level forecast of abundance, which is 165,000 fish. However, a formal update of run size will not be available until after the peak of the run is observed passing marine areas (expected July 4). Migration conditions for sockeye entering the Fraser River are presently near average for the time of year. Fraser River discharge (at Hope) and water temperate at Qualark were 5400 cms and 13 °C respectively on July 1, which are slightly below normal for this date. Fraser River discharge levels and water temperatures will be monitored closely to determine if specific management actions are required during the in-river migratory period to help achieve sockeye escapement goals.

All commercial fisheries in Panel Area waters remain closed to fishing at the present time.

The next in-season meeting of the Panel is scheduled to occur on July 7, 2009.

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Re: 2009 Fraser River sockeye updates
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2009, 01:45:20 PM »

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Fraser River Panel met Tuesday, July 7 to receive an update on the migration of

Early Stuart sockeye and review the status of migration conditions in the Fraser River watershed. In-season assessments of Early Stuart sockeye abundance are still variable; however they are currently tracking near the 75% probability level forecast of 165,000 fish. An estimate of Early Stuart run size will be provided at the next Panel meeting. Migration conditions for sockeye entering the Fraser River are presently satisfactory. The discharge of the Fraser River at Hope was 4,500 cms on July 6, which is below average for this date. The water temperate of the Fraser River at Qualark was 15 °C, which near average for this date. Fraser River discharge levels and water temperatures will be monitored closely to determine if specific management actions are required during the in-river migratory period to help achieve sockeye escapement goals.

All commercial fisheries in Panel Area waters remain closed to fishing at the present time.

The next in-season meeting of the Panel is scheduled to occur on July 10, 2009.

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Re: 2009 Fraser River sockeye updates
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2009, 02:38:03 PM »

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Fraser River Panel met Friday, July 10 to receive an update on the migration of Early Stuart sockeye and review the status of migration conditions in the Fraser River watershed.

At the meeting today, the Fraser River Panel approved a decrease in the run size estimate of Early Stuart sockeye from their 75% probability level forecast of abundance of 165,000 fish to 140,000 fish. The 50% migration timing of Early Stuart sockeye through Area 20 is estimated to be June 29, which is five days earlier than the pre-season forecast. Assessments of Early Summer-run sockeye abundance should be available later in July after their peak migration through marine areas has occurred.

Migration conditions for sockeye entering the Fraser River are presently satisfactory. On July 9 the discharge of the Fraser River at Hope was approximately 4,600 cms, which is approximately 23% lower than average for this date. The water temperature of the Fraser River at Qualark Creek on July 9 was 15.8 0C, which is 0.4 0C higher than average for this date. Fraser River discharge levels and water temperatures will be monitored closely to determine if specific management actions are required during the in-river migratory period to help achieve sockeye escapement goals.

All commercial fisheries in Panel Area waters remain closed to fishing at the present time.

Please be advised that the telephone number for U.S. Non-Indian fishing schedules available through the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Hotline in Seattle has been changed to 1-800-662-9825.

The next in-season meeting of the Panel is scheduled to occur on July 14, 2009.

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Re: 2009 Fraser River sockeye updates
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2009, 01:22:03 PM »

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Fraser River Panel met Tuesday, July 14 to receive an update on the migration of the Fraser River sockeye runs and review the status of migration conditions in the Fraser River watershed.

Test fishing catches of sockeye in Johnstone Strait and Juan de Fuca Strait as well in the Fraser River indicate low migration of Fraser River sockeye over the past several days. At the meeting today, the run size estimate of 140,000 Early Stuart sockeye was unchanged; however, present assessments suggest that the return will likely be lower than this. The migration of Early Summer-run sockeye through marine assessment areas has also been lower than expected to-date. Migration conditions for sockeye entering the Fraser River are presently satisfactory. On July 13 the Fraser River discharge at Hope was approximately 4,850 cms, which is approximately 15% lower than normal, while the water temperature at Qualark Creek was 16.2 0C, which is 0.5C higher than average for this date.

All commercial fisheries in Panel Area waters remain closed to fishing at the present time.

Please be advised that the telephone number for U.S. Non-Indian fishing schedules available through the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Hotline in Seattle has been changed to 1-800-662-9825.

The next in-season meeting of the Panel is scheduled to occur on July 17, 2009.

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Re: 2009 Fraser River sockeye updates
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2009, 10:16:41 AM »

my Native friends are doing unreal for this time of the year, they are getting 60-80 numbers, and this is just the begining. last year they were getting 10s and 20s.
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Re: 2009 Fraser River sockeye updates
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2009, 10:33:49 AM »

So far, these updates have been focusing on the Early Stuart run, which is entering through the Lower Fraser River right now. The Early Stuart run does not provide an opening opportunity for all sectors due to its small and fragile run size, so this informatio is not very relevant to those who are interested in a recreational opening for sockeye salmon. The runs that provides possible harvest opportunity are the summer runs, which will be arriving in a couple of weeks from now. The status of those runs will be available in the upcoming updates.

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Re: 2009 Fraser River sockeye updates
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2009, 04:40:59 PM »

That notice also says that there will probably be a First Nations opening shortly after July 29th, after the Stuart run is finished.

Expect a rec opening shortly after that.
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Re: 2009 Fraser River sockeye updates
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2009, 01:23:47 PM »

That notice also says that there will probably be a First Nations opening shortly after July 29th, after the Stuart run is finished.

Expect a rec opening shortly after that.

Maybe not.

Test fishing catches of sockeye in Johnstone Strait and Juan de Fuca Strait as well in the Fraser River indicate low migration of Fraser River sockeye over the past several days. At the meeting today, the run size estimate of 140,000 Early Stuart sockeye was unchanged; however, present assessments suggest that the return will likely be lower than this. The migration of Early Summer-run sockeye through marine assessment areas has also been lower than expected to-date. Migration conditions for sockeye entering the Fraser  River are presently satisfactory. On July 13 the Fraser River discharge at Hope was approximately 4,850 cms, which is approximately 15% lower than normal, while the water temperature at Qualark Creek was 16.2 0C, which is 0.5C higher than average for this date.

All commercial fisheries in Panel Area waters remain closed to fishing at the present time.

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Re: 2009 Fraser River sockeye updates
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2009, 02:51:11 PM »

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Fraser River Panel met Friday, July 17 to receive an update on the migration of the Fraser River sockeye runs and review the status of migration conditions in the Fraser River watershed.

Sockeye catches in marine and Fraser River test fisheries thus far this season indicate that the migration of sockeye has been low. The marine migration of Early Stuart sockeye is nearly complete. At the meeting today, the Fraser River Panel decreased the run size estimate for Early Stuart sockeye from 140,000 fish to 110,000 fish. Early Summer-run sockeye will be continuing to enter the marine assessment areas over the next few weeks. The 50% probability level forecast for these sockeye is 739,000 fish. The migration of Early Summer-run sockeye through marine assessment areas has been considerably lower than expected to-date.

Migration conditions for sockeye entering the Fraser River are presently satisfactory. However, Fraser River water temperatures are forecast to reach approximately 19 0C over the next ten days. Water temperatures exceeding 19 0C may stress sockeye and slow their upstream migration.

All commercial fisheries in Panel Area waters remain closed to fishing at the present time.

Please be advised that the telephone number for U.S. Non-Indian fishing schedules available through the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Hotline in Seattle has been changed to 1-800-662-9825.

The next in-season meeting of the Panel is scheduled to occur on July 21, 2009.

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Re: 2009 Fraser River sockeye updates
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2009, 02:03:31 PM »

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Fraser River Panel met Tuesday, July 21 to receive an update on the migration of the Fraser River sockeye runs and review the status of migration conditions in the Fraser River watershed.

Test fishing catches of Fraser River sockeye in marine areas have increased slightly in recent days. However, the migration of Fraser River sockeye through marine assessment areas todate is lower than expected. The current run size estimate for Early Stuart sockeye of 110,000 fish may be decreased at a future Panel meeting after further data assessments are conducted. It is too early to provide an update on the run size of Early Summer-run sockeye; however current abundance assessments indicate that they are tracking lower than forecast if there timing is near average.

Migration conditions for sockeye entering the Fraser River are presently satisfactory. However, Fraser River water temperatures are forecast to exceed 19 0C within a week, which may adversely impact the upstream migration of Fraser River sockeye.

All commercial fisheries in Panel Area waters remain closed to fishing at the present time.

Please be advised that the telephone number for U.S. Non-Indian fishing schedules available through the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Hotline in Seattle has been changed to 1-800-662-9825.

The next in-season meeting of the Panel is scheduled to occur on July 23, 2009.

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Re: 2009 Fraser River sockeye updates
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2009, 08:07:32 PM »

Any chance it could be open 1st week of august?? ;D
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Re: 2009 Fraser River sockeye updates
« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2009, 09:59:04 AM »

Test fisheries at the south end of Vancouver Island are showing massive numbers of Sockeye coming in.

Area 20 - San Juan - showing between 200 and 250 Sockeye caught per day.
Numbers for Area 20 in 2006 (the last good year) were around 50 to 150 for the same dates.

In the US, Area 7 only has one date (July 20) with a count of 175 Sockeye but yesterday's combined count was over 600!
In 2006, number for US Area 7 were around 100 to 250 for the same time.

Most of the Sockeye come in around the bottom of Vancouver Island so the east side of VI counts will be low.

There were over 5000 Sockeye caught in the Fraser by First Nations over the weekend.


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Re: 2009 Fraser River sockeye updates
« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2009, 11:04:17 AM »

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Fraser River Panel met Thursday, July 23 to receive an update on the migration of the Fraser River sockeye runs.

The migration of Fraser River sockeye through marine assessment areas continues to be lower than expected. The current run size estimate for Early Stuart sockeye of 110,000 fish may be decreased at a future Panel meeting after further data assessments are conducted. The migration of Early Summer-run sockeye through the marine approach routes is currently tracking much lower than forecast assuming that their migration timing is near average.

All commercial fisheries in Panel Area waters remain closed to fishing at the present time.

The next in-season meeting of the Panel is scheduled to occur on July 24, 2009.

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Re: 2009 Fraser River sockeye updates
« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2009, 07:53:26 PM »

I'm wondering why they have planned a meeting two days in a row?? Does this seem strange to anyone?
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Re: 2009 Fraser River sockeye updates
« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2009, 09:54:36 PM »

"Does this seem strange to anyone?"

No those chowderhounds probably found a good special on the menu Friday. All expenses paid.
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