Did someone just turn the light bulb on or has everyone been living in a time warp? One could see the demise of Fraser chinook runs coming 10 years ago. Over fishing by all sectors and the unwillingness to reduce bag limits has compounded the problem. Even as these runs are on their last leg, no one is willing to give an inch. Continue harvesting these stocks and the problem will take care of itself. Set nets, drift nets , flossing, commercial, lodges, sport fishing and now the removal of HABITAT from the fishery act. It is unfortunate that it has come to this point. As Dave said, it is time for another "David Anderson" to step up to the plate.
Fixing the problem is a long term commitment by all user groups to get more fish on the spawning grounds. Even if this was accomplished, it may not be enough to restore viable stocks due to global warming and reduced survival rates. Spring runs on the west coast have been healthy. These fish are produced by American hatcheries with money from the mitigation of hydro dams. No such luck in Canada with reduced budgets and production cuts of hatchery fish. Additional funding would be great, however it is being diverted to the aquaculture
industry. What does that say about the commitment of our government to protect wild stocks?