This data range does not accurately reflect historical returns, which would have been significantly higher for many salmon populations. This means that many ranks are likely higher than they should be.
Several conservation units are still lacking enough data and DFO’s salmon monitoring efforts continue to erode across the province. To properly manage these salmon populations and any associated fisheries, we need to know the status of these populations. This is essential work that was committed to by the federal government in the 2005 Wild Salmon Policy and has yet to be completed.
Below is a DFO summary of the 2024 Salmon Outlook. As you can see, there’s an awful lot of orange and red, indicating below or well below returns are expected, particularly for many sockeye, chinook and chum populations.