Written by Jen Finn
Salmon watchers are hoping this is the year the troubled Fraser River sockeye run turns the corner on its disastrous collapse four years ago.
If returns come in as forecast, nearly 4.8 million sockeye will make their way up the Fraser this summer.
That's still well short of the longer term average of 8.6 million for this part of the four-year cycle.
But it would be a huge improvement from 2009, when more than 10 million salmon were expected and just 1.5 million arrived, prompting the federal government to appoint the Cohen Commission into the decline.
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