Steelhead Bycatch and Mortalities in the Commercial Skeena Net Fisheries of British Columbia from Observer Data: 1989 to 2009

By-catch of steelhead is a longstanding issue of concern in the Skeena, and in recent years a number of measures have been taken to reduce the impact of net fisheries on non-target species.  For this project, JO Thomas and Associates have compiled and summarized a number of observer/monitoring programs that were conducted in the commercial approach fisheries to the Skeena River from 1989 to 2009, to improve understanding of commercial by-catch of Skeena steelhead. The report compares steelhead interception and condition at capture and release on the basis of year, target species (sockeye: pink) and fishing gear type. Annual estimates of total steelhead by-catch are presented.

project objectives
Improve understanding of commercial by-catch of Skeena steelhead from a review of past observer programs.
related documents

report: Steelhead Bycatch and Mortalities in the Commercial Skeena Net Fisheries of British Columbia from Observer Data: 1989 to 2009

project status
complete
project timeline
July 29, 2009
to March 31, 2010
project lead
JO Thomas & Associates
subjects
by-catch, commercial fishery
location
North Coast, Skeena River Watershed
related species
pink, sockeye, steelhead