Pink seine fishery closed in Masset Inlet

No further harvests anticipated

  • Sep. 2, 2020 12:00 a.m.

Low assessments on pink salmon have triggered a seine closure in the Masset Inlet.

The Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) notice for Subarea 1-6 stated harvestable surpluses of pink was complete and in-stream assessments will continue, but no further harvest opportunities are expected. The closure went into effect Sept. 1.

On Aug. 26 DFO had extended a one-day opening indefinitely, but a majority of the fish had already migrated to their spawning grounds and most of the seine boats had left the area.

Chum salmon assessments are expected to begin Sept. 12.

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