Fraser River Sturgeon Decline Prompts Fishing Closures
Step over the US border from British Columbia and you will find US sturgeon fisheries opening up to limited recreational harvesting following successful rebuilding of Sturgeon stocks. At the same time, the BC government has authorized clear-cutting of key Fraser River juvenile Sturgeon wetland habitat, and the construction of bridges directly on top of prime Sturgeon spawning beds.
For years BC anglers have been conducting citizen science to monitor the status of the Fraser River Sturgeon, and lobbying for government to do something to halt the decline of juvenile Sturgeon numbers.
Link below to hear John Werring’s assessment of the BC government’s inept management of this important historic and economic resource on this episode of Blue Fish Radio: