Dane Chauvel is adrift in the mouth of the Fraser River looking for sockeye salmon.
It’s Sept. 8, and he’s glad to be working on one of B.C.’s best known fisheries on Day 1 of its first opening to commercial fishing in three years.
It’s a business that three generations of Chauvel’s family have worked in, and with him on this day is his son Paul, who also works for his seafood company Organic Ocean.
But with compounding challenges facing salmon, like climate change and habitat loss, it’s a business Chauvel no longer thinks is viable in its current form.
“Too many boats chasing too few fish,” he said.
That dilemma is central to the federal government’s Pacific salmon
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