Salmon, Sockeye – Fraser River, Washington (summer and late runs), 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.
Summer-run Sockeye in the Fraser River are at a healthy abundance and fishing levels on this species are sustainable. However, some late-run Sockeye in the Fraser River are considered endangered. Bycatch in these fisheries is typically very low, although at certain times of the year, some salmon from endangered/depleted populations are caught.