Salmon, Sockeye and Pink – Fraser River, 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. Because of the potential for the fisheries to catch some endangered salmon, most Sockeye and Pink Salmon caught in the Fraser River reefnet fisheries are rated yellow. The exception is the Fraser River early summer-run Sockeye fishery, which occurs at a time of the year when there are no significant bycatch concerns, and thus is rated green.