Environmental groups decry salmon bycatch in northern pink fishery

By Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun

Environmental groups say tens of thousands of non-target salmon are being wasted in the pink fishery on the B.C. north coast.  The groups state that fisheries targeting abundant pink salmon runs must release chum, sockeye, and other salmon because of concerns for their low abundance in the Nass, Skeena, and other rivers.

But poor fishing practices on seine boats, including keeping salmon on board too long before their release back into the water, are resulting in the needless death of bycatch fish, Watershed Watch Salmon Society, Skeena Wild Conservation Trust, and Raincoast Conservation Foundation, asserted in a news release and video Thursday.

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