Sockeye fishing is just around the corner, and many Nations are gearing up to take part. Others have already started, thanks to early runs within their territory.

To understand how sockeye fisheries work, you first need to understand the nature of Nuuchah-nulth territories and the sockeye who call it home. Nuu-chah-nulth territories have over 50 lakes and streams with sockeye populations.  Some of these populations are important food sources for Nuu-chah-nulth Nations. The largest also provide economic opportunities for Nuu-chah-nulth, along with the recreational and commercial fishing sector.

But sockeye fishing involves much more than catching fish. The following article is the first in a series about sockeye in Nuu-chah-nulth Ha-ha-houlthee. The series will explain how sockeye fisheries on the west coast of
Vancouver Island operate, starting with the unique nature of Nuu-chah-nulth sockeye.

Image: Gathering sockeye salmon during community fish days in Port Alberni, BC.

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