any of you have told me about sending sockeye disease samples
to DFO and never getting responses. I would strongly suggest you
contact DFO about these samples until you get an answer.
you have also written to me about sockeye dying on the riverside this
year full of eggs. While this may be normal in low numbers, I am
hearing extremely high numbers. Contact your local DFO officers until
they come out with you and take samples and count the rate of prespawn
mortality. I have been trying to inspire action with no success, so it
is over to you.
A memo circulated yesterday by the Globe and Mail reveals
that senior DFO consider this "emerging disease factor" as one
of the three causes of the sockeye crash last year. But they never
mentioned this. They let the fishermen and First Nations take the blame. They left us in the dark, why?
Time is of the essence. Take pictures of any prespawn mortality.
Go with your DFO community representative to take samples, open the dead
fish and take pictures, particularly of their kidneys.
know this is up to us, but we also know your local DFO folks are almost
certainly willing to help. I have cc'd the minister in case she cares
Please send me what you find so I can keep track.