Anyone with a fishing rod who is able to make his/her way to the Fraser River ... seems to be hauling in a sockeye salmon these days. After three years of low numbers of salmon returning to the mighty Fraser ... and amid fears that the big salmon runs of the past were gone forever ... an estimated 30 million sockeye are expected to swim upriver this year ... the largest number on record since 1913. Since the Fraser River passes through the valley a few miles north of our home...and we have friends and family who like to try their hand at fishing...we have enjoyed fresh sockeye over the past few weeks.
Yesterday we decided to take a drive to the mouth of the Fraser ... where the commercial fisherman are bringing their bounty to the docks ... and locals are flocking to buy fresh sockeye right off the boat.
We just came to observe! Good thing ... because I don't think I would have had the patience to stand in line to make my purchase.
We walked down the wharf...
...and heard the merchants advertising the 'last salmon of the day'.
Customers forgot all about being polite...in their enthusiasm to bag a salmon or two! Many of those waiting in line will have gone home disappointed.
Others trotted off with their purchases in hand ...
...or on the back.
A little Irish entertainment...a lot of fresh sea air...and some fish & chips (salmon and halibut) on the wharf...
...Steveston was a good place to spend a Sunday afternoon.