Highlight: Discussions ongoing about who to give the 36K sox to….Possibly more gillnet openings or DFO might save them for the seine pinks openings and the bycatch mortality.
Area 4 (Skeena River)
The pre-season total Skeena sockeye return estimate is below average with a pre-season return forecast point estimate of 1.28 million (50% probability) based on the sibling model. Another relatively good showing of sockeye migrated past Tyee this week, bringing the total estimated escapement to 940,671 sockeye. With an estimated 73% of the run having passed Tyee by July August 1st, based on average run timing, and a total estimated Area 4 harvest of 58,935 sockeye, the current total return to Canada estimate remains relatively unchanged at 1.28 million.
At the current TRTC estimate of 1.28 million, the remaining Canadian TAC is approximately 36,000 sockeye. Discussions are on-going regarding future opportunities to harvest this remaining TAC.