Thompson River Steelhead Trapped Below Fishway

More bad news for Thompson River Steelhead, whose numbers have dropped significantly in recent years to an historical low estimate of 150 fish in spring, 2018. Over the last 15 years (3 generations), it is estimated that the spawner population has decreased by 80% in the Thompson River basin. Outdated commercial net fisheries targeting Chum Salmon in the Lower Fraser River have been a contributor to the decline of Thompson River Steelhead (bycatch).  Additional impacts are thought to include changes in the marine environment, degradation of freshwater and marine habitats, predation and competition, and other fishery related mortality.  Link courtesy of The Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal.