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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Kitwanga Smolt Enumeration Facility

Dozens of educational tours have been done at the smolt fence, from kindergarten to college classes. Shown here is the Gitanyow Independent School class on a field trip.

Kitwanga River Salmon Enumeration Facility

Pink salmon holding downstream of the fence.

Snapshots of GFA Projects

GFA technician Earl McLean at the falls on Brown Bear Creek, a Nass River tributary. For several years now, GFA has been conducting weekly counts of the Brown Bear Creek sockeye and coho.