Ace, can you please read this and we can discuss some more? I am glad you are open for discussion. Having an idea of the numbers and take from the fishery is important.
Miramichi Salmon Assessment
Last known averages for recreational catches from 1991-1995 (last years for this info) was over 24,000 fish annually on the Miramichi system. Now probably not the same now given the run size and increase in catch and release angling more recently, but I would bet it is atleast half 50% of that or more (at least 12,000 fish). That is recreational, not first nations harvest. When you read over the document, pay attention to the 2008 numbers. Think about the northwest in 2008, 1,006 fish reported harvested on the crown reserves in ~2500 rod days, or also can be stated as ~12% of the returning fish. What do you think the total take would be on other water (crown open + private) on this system? The total return of small salmon (grilse) was estimated to be ~7,800 fish (range ~5,000-11,000) on the northwest. Recreational angling alone on that system could have possibly harvested half of the returning fish. Now in 2009, 312 fish were harvested on the crown reserves, but again that is 10% of the return and you could prabably double or triple that based on the crown open + private water harvest. The total number of returning grilse in 2009 was 2,975. I just want you to see how every fish counts. Every fish!