Millions of salmon go missing on Canada's Pacific CoastMillions of sockeye salmon sockeye salmon
or red salmon
Food fish (Oncorhynchus nerka) of the North Pacific that constitutes almost 20% of the commercial fishery of Pacific salmon. It weighs about 6 lbs (3 kg) and lacks distinct spots on the body. expected to reach the Fraser River Fraser River
River, south-central British Columbia, Can. Rising in the Rocky Mountains near Yellowhead Pass, it flows northwest and south nearly to the U.S. border. It then turns west through the Coast Mountains in a spectacular canyon to empty into the Strait of Georgia on Canada's Pacific Coast this month have vanished, devastating dev·as·tate
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.
2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark. the local fishery, officials said Thursday.
According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, between six to 10 million sockeye were projected to return to the river this month.
But the official count is now just 600,000 for the "summer run" -- by far the largest of four salmon groupings that return to area lakes and rivers each year from June to late August.
Where the other fish went remains a mystery.
The daily Globe and Mail cited fishermen who said the situation was "shocking," a "catastrophe" and a "crisis," while public broadcaster CBC (1) (Cell Broadcast Center) See cell broadcast.
(2) (Cipher Block Chaining) In cryptography, a mode of operation that combines the ciphertext of one block with the plaintext of the next block. said this could end up being the worst year ever for the Pacific salmon fishery.
A record number of smolts were born in the Fraser watershed in 2005 and migrated to the ocean, and were expected this month to return en masse to spawn.
"It's a bit of a mystery," Watershed Watch Salmon Society fish biologist Stan Proboszcz told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .
Officials and ecologists speculated they could have been affected by warmer ocean temperatures, fewer food sources, or more prey.
Others suggested juvenile salmon may have contracted sea lice or other infections from some 30 fish farms in the Straight of Georgia as they migrated out to sea.
Fisheries officials may have also erred in their complex forecasting calculations, or the fish could just be late arriving, although the latter is very unlikely, said Proboszcz.
"Honestly, we don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. what happens to them when they go out into the ocean," he said. "There's a myriad of factors that could explain what's going on What's Going On is a record by American soul singer Marvin Gaye. Released on May 21, 1971 (see 1971 in music), What's Going On reflected the beginning of a new trend in soul music. ."
Regardless, this outcome is "quite shocking," he said.
Department of Fisheries and Oceans spokeswoman Lara Sloan said the Fraser River commercial sockeye fishery has not opened as a result of the drop in fish stocks, and a parallel aboriginal fishery scaled back its catch this season to just five percent of its usual take.
Moreover, no recreational fishing has been allowed allowed.
Sloan also declined to try to pinpoint the specific reason for the collapse in sockeye salmon stocks.
"There are a lot of variations in the ocean," she said. "They're all interconnected, so it's impossible to point to one reason for this happening."
"So far, they're not coming back in the numbers we expected, but we will continue to look for them," she said.
Meanwhile, pink and Chum salmon are still due to arrive around the end of August through October. So far there is no indication they have been affected.
Chinook salmon chinook salmon
or king salmon
Prized North Pacific food and sport fish (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) of the salmon family. The average weight is about 22 lbs (10 kg), but individuals of 50–80 lbs (22–36 kg) are not unusual. are also returning to spawn in the region, but they have been a "conservation concern" for several years, and their numbers remain low.