The BCfishmonger is back from a 2-year hiatus!
The mighty Fraser River in BC is home to numerous salmon DPS (distinct population segment) and to my non-professional understanding, that means salmon groups returning to their respective spawning grounds (river, creek, lake).
I visited one such home a few days ago along the Chehalis creek which feeds to the Harrison river which in turn feeds into the Fraser river.
At Chehalis, the government's salmon enhancement program gets busy at this time of the year when the spawning salmon comes home.
Throughout the pacific northwest, from Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska, millions of hatchery-raised salmon fingerlings are released to the seas to grow and mature in the wild environs. Only about 6% are able to make it back to the spawning grounds after a journey of 4 years to continue the cycle of birth and death.