Our salmon fisheries include a combination of private and community-owned vessels operating net and trolling gear, as well as in-river beach seine and gillnet fisheries in lower river reaches and traps near the headwaters. Our managers license a combination of gear, timing, and location to target the most productive salmon stocks while letting the less productive stocks return to spawn.
This enables us to manage a sustainable and prosperous fishery and a responsible trade environment for our fishers. The early timing of many of our salmon runs that start in May, coupled with local abundance when we harvest, ensures that we are among the most sought-after and highest quality salmon producers in the region.
While many of our vessels are designed to travel outside of Barkley Sound to fish, we also license a communal fishery in-river where specialized gill nets and beach seines involve many of our families and their fishers at once. Later in the season, a special relationship with the Robertson Creek Hatchery operated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in the headwaters is well suited for us to harvest surplus fish to any river spawning needs.
During periods of local abundance, we attract tourists and seafood lovers throughout the region to buy fresh salmon directly from our fishers and their families.