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Have SEQ species changed or do we just fish differently?

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Just went to a maritime Museum just south of Vancouver.  It is in an old cannery.  They had 25 canneries in this one area (Steveston) and this one cannery would get so many Salmon in a day (this was in the late 1800’s) so using row boats with 2 people and siene net, that the cannery would often throw thousands of dead fish back as unable to be canned in a day.  The older timers said that there were that many fish you could walk across the river ontop of the fish.  Only a 2 month operation but canned some ridiculous number like over 1million cans in that time frame.

The whole industry collapsed due to a partial blockage of the river caused a mass loss of spawning in one year.

I guess my point is that even back then the view of this unlimited resource was being learnt as not being the case.

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