Fishing

The Gitanyow are active in fishing, and the Gitanyow Fisheries Authority (GFA) plays a key role in those efforts.  GFA biologists and fisheries managers are active in negotiating and planning with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) on sustainable quotas, and in determining if and when fisheries can occur.  GFA projects such as the Kitwanga River Salmon Enumeration Facility are vital in determining if certain runs can be fished, and when those fisheries can occur.  The GFA fisheries coordinator and other staff play a key role in monitoring any fisheries on Gitanyow Territory, and have established excellent relationships with DFO Fisheries Enforcement personnel.

GFA administers and operates both Food, Social and Ceremonial (FSC) fisheries and more recently, an economic fishery on Meziadin sockeye.

Food, Social and Ceremonial Fishing


Economic Fisheries

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Snapshots of GFA Projects

Les McLean and Phillip Johnson on Gitanyow Lake, in pursuit of sockeye brood stock.

Kitwanga River Salmon Enumeration Facility

Each year hundreds of tourists visit the fence as they travel the highway to Alaska. The KRSEF is located on the property of the Cassiar RV Park, and is a major draw for the facility.

Kitwanga Smolt Enumeration Facility

The aluminum transoms are the beginning of the fence's structure.