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Sockeye salmon return to the Fraser River

With an estimated 25-million sockeye expected, this year's Fraser River run could be the strongest on the river since 1913. The bounty is especially welcome after a disastrous 2009 season when a little more than one million salmon made their way back to the river. A 32-hour commercial fishery on the river started at noon on Wednesday, August 25, 2010. It will be followed with an aboriginal fishery over the weekend of August 28/29.

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Fishermen stand at the mouth of the Capilano River fishing for salmon in West Vancouver, British Columbia August 25, 2010.

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Commercial fishing boats head out on the Fraser River from Steveston Harbour in Richmond, B.C., on Wednesday August 25, 2010.

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A sockeye salmon is caught in a commercial fishing boat's net on the mouth of the Fraser River in Richmond, B.C., on Wednesday August 25, 2010.

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Fishermen at the mouth of the Capilano River fish for salmon in West Vancouver, British Columbia August 25, 2010.

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A pair of sea otters eat a salmon at dawn in Esquimalt, British Columbia on Vancouver Island August 13, 2010. The pair caught the fish in nearby waters and then devoured their catch on a small dock.

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