I read with interest Brent Cunliffe’s letter to the editor Sept. 12.
The retention of hatchery coho only, in the Strait of Georgia, seems a little bizarre.
We normally fish in the Winter Harbour area, where it is not necessary to distinguish between hatchery and wild coho salmon.
Recently I enjoyed two days fishing between Comox and Campbell River. First day we had over 20 coho, four of them hatchery. Second occasion eight coho; all of them wild.
Despite our best efforts, using spoons with single, barbless hook, some of these fish were bleeding as we brought them to the boat, or as we released them.
We had one in particular, floating on the surface, after we had released it, with the gulls picking at it. All done legally; what a waste.