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

Spawned out Brown Bear sockeye.

Kitwanga Smolt Enumeration Facility

Looking upstream at the inclined plane trap that GFA used prior to construction of the smolt fence. Two nets were used as wings to funnel fish into two traps, catching a small % of the total run.

Kitwanga River Salmon Enumeration Facility

View from the eyes of the GFA technicians as they determine species and count fish. In addition they are looking for missing adipose fins.