National Fisherman

VICTORIA — B.C.’s commercial fishing industry has been building capacity to handle this year’s forecast big sockeye run after being caught off guard by the record flood of the fish in 2010.
“In 2010, it was the largest sockeye run in the Fraser we’d seen since 1913, and we hadn’t anticipated it and not a lot of people were geared up to handle it,” said Rob Morley, vice-president of Vancouver-based Canfisco, Canada’s largest packer of canned salmon, which also operates commercial fishing boats.
“I think people are making plans this year and hopefully we’ll be able to.”
Commercial fishing — including seine, troll and gill netting of a variety of fish — accounted for more than $345 million in revenue in 2011, the most recent year of available statistics.
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