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Tuesday August 13, 2013 issue of the North Islander


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    On July 31 I received an email from Peter Curtis of Port McNeill. It said, The fritillaries are flying at Fort Rupert. It was the message I

    had been anxiouslywaiting anxiouslyfor all month. I quicklyloggedinto the weather chan-nel and grabbed my calen-

    dar. I was free on Saturday, Aug. 3, and the forecast was for cloud and sun. When my wife arrived home on Friday from a five day hiking trip in Manning Park, I announced that we were going to Fort Rupert tomorrow. As tired and exhausted as she was, she knew there was no point in arguing.

    We left Nanoose Bay at 7 a.m. under cloudy skies, and it was still overcast when we pulled into Fort Rupert at 11:30 a.m. It was cool when we strolled around the ball field and school grounds, but the clouds were thinning, and it was warming up. I wasnt too dis-appointed when we didnt find any fritillaries as it was still early, and I was prepared to wait all day if I had to. After quiet lunch down at the peaceful beach we returned to the school and checked the playground. EUREKA! I immediately saw two orange and black butterflies flutter-ing around the dandelions like fly-ing tiger lilies. They were the Fort Rupert fritillaries

    See Yip on page 8.

    Finding Fort Rupert treasure

    Island BirdsMike Yip

    Photo by Mike YipThe Zerene Fritillary at Fort Rupert is a rare and endangered species found only in two locations in BC.

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    Regrettably, it would appear that all hope of recreational opportunity around the south coast to retain Fraser sockeye this year is now past. Last Friday came news that food fish-ing by First Nations for these fish would be ending so until these fisheries are underway once again, unlikely at best under present cir-cumstances, the commercial and recreational sectors have no cause to be optimistic for a sockeye fishery.

    After an encouraging start to the Fraser sockeye season in which both the first two run-timing components, the Early Stuart and Early Summers, exceeded the mid-point pre-season forecast, the Summer run fish have to date returned well below the same bench-mark. It was this run-timing group which were expected to provide the bulk of any fish-ing opportunity.

    Why this difference in abundance between run-timing groups is a mystery and is similar to what has occurred this summer on the north BC coast, where sockeye returning to the Nass River came in at a much higher abundance than expected while not so far away the sockeye return to the Skeena River has been unexpectedly poor.

    Beyond the actual run size, an additional factor has come into play, the relentless hot weather. The Fraser River is now flowing about 20 per cent lower than average for this time of year but more importantly it is the elevated temperature that is caus-ing considerable concern. The following paragraph is from the Fraser sockeye update released by DFO last Friday.

    The temperature of the Fraser River at Qualark Creek on August 8, 2013 was 21.3 C, which is 3.5 C higher than average as well as a record temperature for this date. Sustained exposure of sockeye to Fraser River water temperatures in this range has been shown to slow their migration and cause elevated levels of en-route and pre-spawn mortality. Fraser River water temperatures are forecast to remain at this level over the next few days.

    Thus DFO is now trying to get every avail-able sockeye into the river in order to offset to the extent possible the inevitable losses once they get there. One might also wonder about

    the implications of the high water temperatures for other salmon species, notably chinook, which are also migrating up the Fraser River at the same time.

    Theres no point in me going on a rant about the climate, espe-cially as my family is on their annual week at the beach at Kye Bay so Im not allowed to pray for rain just yet, and I know that memories of Junuary as some called it have barely receded, all the same some rain across south-

    ern BC sooner than later would be good to restore the balance.

    This disappointing news aside, it would appear that the return of pink salmon broadly across the southern coast has been strong to date. Stock composition analysis done on behalf of the Pacific Salmon Commission con-tinues to show that Fraser River pinks are a small minority of the run to date, which isnt unexpected. However what this fact indicates is that Canadian non-Fraser fish and especial-ly pinks returning to Puget Sound rivers have done well at sea. If the Fraser return is of

    comparable strength well be awash in pink salmon later this month!

    More locally, some good news from Tyee Pool in Campbell River where the Tyee Club season is off to a fine start. At the time of writing (10/08) nine tyees have been regis-tered as having been caught under club rules, a good number by recent year standards. By way of comparison, in 1985 I caught the first fish of the club season on Aug. 13.

    The first tyee of the year is always a wel-come event but this year especially so as it was guided by Randy Killoran. Randy was badly hurt in the helicopter accident up at the head of Bute Inlet this spring, so to see him recovered and back on his usual form is very good news indeed. Partnered with veteran tyee fisherman Fred Gerl on the ro