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Fraser River Sockeye Predictions: Better safe than sorry?

A sockeye salmon is reeled in by a fisherman along the shores of the Fraser River near Chilliwack, B.C., Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. (Jonathan Hayward / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

This summer’s Fraser River Sockeye run could be the largest in recorded history. Then again, maybe not. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has forecast a run with a low of 7.3 million and a high of 72.5 million salmon, with a prediction of 23 million for planning purposes.

After a disastrous 2009 run, where only 1.4 million of the 10 million predicted showed up, it’s a safe bet to be cautious. The decision to open the Fraser River for commercial and recreational fisheries is still weeks away and, until then, it’s anyone’s guess as to what the record spawners of the 2010 run have produced.

Find out more on CTV here.

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