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 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.

Early summer run Sockeye in the Fraser River are at a healthy abundance and fishing levels on this species are sustainable. The fishery occurs at a time when there are no significant bycatch concerns.

Full species report here.