Local company feeling affects of low sockeye return

By Chad Klassen
February 5, 2016 - 11:24am Updated: February 5, 2016 - 1:41pm

KAMLOOPS — The record low numbers are having an impact on local salmon businesses like Riverfresh, which catches and sells sockeye salmon from the South Thompson.

The company says it expected low numbers in 2015, but the record low return took them by surprise. Riverfresh says some of its supply is coming in from the Coast, and has been for the last couple years, but is trying to keep as much of the product local as it can. But there may come a time when it may need to import salmon from Alaska to fulfill demand. 

Riverfresh adds the local downturn in sockeye hasn't greatly impacted the price of the fish.

But with sockeye numbers projected to be low again in 2016, the company says there may not be enough to fish on Kamloops Lake come September.

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