The last of Canada’s fisheries, the fishery with more than 1,000 cod and herring in the Lower Mainland, was lost to fishing in 1996.
It’s now home to just about two dozen fishers and their partners, many of whom are small families or sole proprietors, all of whom live in tiny bungalows.
Some of the people I know were fishermen in the past and their children still are.
But for those who’ve moved away, there’s no way to keep track of what’s happening.
They’re on a journey back to the past.
The fishery lost to industry and government in the mid-2000s was called the Lower Fraser fishery.
It was named for a section of the Fraser River that runs through the Lower Vancouver neighbourhood of Lower Fraser.
The region is the only one in Canada that’s considered a fishery because of the abundance of fish in the waters.
In recent years, the area has seen an increase in invasive species, including carp and mussels, and is increasingly being threatened by pollution from heavy-drinking, industrial facilities.
The area is also home to a number of rare species that are not commonly found in the province, such as red grouse and the western bluefin tuna.
Fishery managers say the loss of this area was the tipping point that set the stage for the recent expansion of recreational fishing.
The Fraser’s loss is the largest in Canada, according to a 2013 study by the Canadian Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture, which counted more than 10,000 fish caught on the Fraser in the early 2000s.
It also left behind a fisher population that is at least 10 times smaller than in the late 1980s.
This area has been the source of much debate over recreational fishing since the 1990s, when the Fraser was closed off from the rest of the province and federal officials started closing it down for recreational purposes.
In the years following the closure, it was closed to recreational fishing only when there was a provincial permit.
At the time, the fish industry fought back, alleging that there were too few of them and that they were being forced out of the market.
It said that’s why recreational fishing was restricted.
The industry eventually settled out of court and the government began to reopen the Fraser for recreational fishing, although the numbers have been steadily dropping ever since.
Some argue that’s the reason for the decrease in numbers.
But a new report from the Fraser Basin Alliance, a fishing industry advocacy group, said the fishers in the Fraser are not in the best of health.
It says they have less money to spend on maintenance, which they need to keep up with the number of cod that are coming in to the region.
The group says that, while recreational fishing is allowed, it is illegal to take in larger numbers of fish than the number the industry is able to catch.
It is also illegal to fish for the purposes of bait, but that is still allowed for a limited number of days a year.
It adds that recreational fishing should not be limited to just the Lower Lower Fraser and should not only include the region’s fishers, but also those who live in communities that are adjacent to the fisher’s home.
It’s a difficult situation.
There are a lot of small, isolated communities in this region, so it’s a really tough situation to get into,” said Chris Lapp, who runs the fish-watching business Lappfish.
Lapp was one of the fishermen in Lower Fraser that went to court to try to get the provincial government to reopen recreational fishing in 2005.
The government, he said, said they were only interested in helping out the fisherfolk.
They also wanted to see how many fish they could catch.
I’m not a fisherman,” Lapp said. “
It’s not really about me.
I’m not a fisherman,” Lapp said.
“I’m just a fisherman.
It feels like a huge injustice to me.”
The government says recreational fishing can be done in the Upper Fraser, but it also has a permit for the Lower Upper Fraser.
And the permit allows for recreational angling for up to 20 hours per day.
But Lapp believes recreational fishing will continue to be limited in the region because of a lack of fish.
“It’s just not the case that we have enough fish in our area to support this industry,” he said.
Lapp said he would like to see recreational anglers take a more active role in the fisheries.
He says the government should also allow for a permit so anglers can take a few days a month, rather than limiting it to just one or two days.
Another fisher, Kevin McEwen, says recreational angler numbers in the lower Fraser have decreased since he and a few other friends started in 2002. They say