Chum bycatch, many die at the hands of fishermen


While some fishermen are complying to the rules, others are not.

Off the coast of Kitimat, fishermen pulling in pink salmon have been required to release any chum bycatch. The species is in decline in this area and as a way to maintain the population, fishermen have been asked to release them alive.

Not all are following these rules, however, and thousands of chum have died. As the area is not closely monitored due to its remote location, inappropriate practices went unnoticed. Fishermen have been fined for leaving the fish to die before throwing them back in the water.

An estimated 73,000 chum have been released, but according to Mark Hume, of The Globe and Mail, few have survived.

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