The Safina Center

Coho salmon.Coho salmon.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Salmon, Sockeye – Fraser River (early summer run), Washington, Reefnet

A small reefnet fishery for Pink and Sockeye Salmon occurs in the Fraser River around Lummi and San Juan Islands, Washington State. A reefnet is a native tribal method, that’s been adapted for commercial fishing. The fishing gear is carried between two boats and acts as artificial reefs that direct salmon into the net.

This type of fishing is typically very low in bycatch. However, at certain times of the year, up to five species of salmon are present in the waters around Lummi and the San Juan Islands. Some of these salmon are from runs/populations listed as endangered.

Reefnet-caught Sockeye from the Fraser River early-summer run is rated green because the population is healthy and the fishery occurs at a time when there are no significant bycatch concerns. Other Sockeye and Pink Salmon Fraser River reefnet fisheries are rated yellow.

Full species report here.