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Weekend read: Fishing fleet set to reap bumper sockeye harvest – Industry vows to be better prepared for huge Fraser run than it was for 2010’s record returns

In 2009, B.C. sockeye salmon sales generated just $39.2 million, thanks to the near collapse of that year’s Fraser River sockeye run, A year later, sales hit $174.4 million, which doesn’t include all the frozen and canned sockeye that would have been sold in 2011, according to B.C.’s 2011 Seafood Industry Year in Review. The catch – and the resulting sales – could have been much higher than that, say fisheries experts, but the 2010 returns were so unexpectedly high that it caught fisheries managers, commercial fishermen and processing plants unprepared, and a lot of fish that might have been caught and sold went up the river to spawn – about 13 million, according to one estimate. Read more here 19:38

Asian demand pushes up B.C. Dungeness crab prices

BC crabDungeness crab is selling for more than the price of lobster at Granville Island, where the cost of the West Coast delicacy has been driven up to record highs by a tight supply and insatiable demand from Asia. This is the first time I have ever seen anything like these prices,said Ray Ogura, of Seafood City at Granville Island, where live crab is selling for $20.90 a pound a dollar per pound higher than Atlantic Lobster. Read more here  12:33

RCMP to square off against aboriginals in a fight over an imminent commercial roe-herring fishery.

RCMP BCThe federal government has chosen a remote stretch of B.C. coastline to square off against aboriginals in a fight over an imminent commercial roe-herring fishery. The Heiltsuk have issued a statement saying, “We will exercise our authority to stop any commercial herring activity in our territories. We will protect our aboriginal rights to the fullest extent possible should commercial fishers not abide by the ban.” It’s real,” he said of the prospect for confrontation. Read more here  vancouversun 06:59