Fishing, Commercial

FISHING, COMMERCIAL, in BC dates back to the FUR TRADE era of the early 19th century, when the HBC began buying SALMON from FIRST NATIONS people to feed its employees and for export. The fishery expanded dramatically when SALMON CANNING began at the mouth of the FRASER R in the early 1870s and near the mouth of the SKEENA R shortly afterwards. Gillnetting (see below) was the primary salmon fishing method at this early stage, when the commercial fishery was almost exclusively a salmon fishery....

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