Canadian fisheries staff move fish across blockage in Stikine tributary


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The naturally occurring landslide in the Tahltan River occurred in early May. This is an image of the river taken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada staff in mid-June.

Canadian officials are airlifting Chinook and sockeye salmon over a landslide that caused a barrier to salmon passage in the Tahltan River, a tributary of the Stikine.

Steve Gotch, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) director for the Yukon and Northwestern British Columbia, said the landslide occurred about a half mile up the Tahltan on May 20.

The river is roughly 120 miles upstream of the Stikine, but the salmon that swim up it provide harvests for Southeast Alaskan and Canadian commercial and subsistence fishermen.

"Around 50 percent of the natural production of Chinook and sockeye come...

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