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All examples are based in British Columbia Salmon industries - Commercial Fish Stock in Trouble North Pacific Sockeye Salmon Introduction The Fraser river watershed produces more Pacific salmon than any other in the world and is one of the most productive natural watersheds in the world In the early 1800s salmon were abundant along the length of the Fraser and its tributaries Aboriginal communities used as much salmon as they wanted without jeopardizing the stocks Beginning in 1930 cured salmon and other fish were exported and the salmon industry soon eclipsed the value of the fur trade The industry shifted from the export of salted fish to large-scale canning of Pacific salmon after the gold rush of 1860s At the turn of the century the abundance of salmon far exceeded the industrys capacity With what seemed to be an inexhaustible supply of sockeye salmon the industry give little thought to environmental or conservation concerns However by the next decade it became apparent that the supply of sockeye was limited The number of canneries steadily climbed and the ever-increasing efficiency within the commercial fleet had made conservation of the sockeye stock an issue that could not be ignored The recent 1994 disappearance of 15 million Fraser River sockeye salmon raised new concerns about the long term viability of the stock American and Canadian commercial fishers accused each other of being responsible for the missing salmon Government agencies on both side as well as independent fisheries management agencies such as Pacific Salmon Commission PSC scrambled to find answers Some blamed the disappearance on adverse changes in water temperature caused by global warming while others suggested an inaccurate count was conducted and the missing 15 million salmon were a mere discrepancy No one knows for sure what caused the disappearance While no single factor may
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