The retention of sockeye, chinook, and coho is now prohibited on the Chilcotin River, Chilko River, Taseko River, and tributaries.

The Tsilhqot’in Nation Council of Chiefs announced the declaration yesterday to conserve salmon following the Big Bar slide.

The Tsilhqot’in National Government said less than one percent of salmon have made it past the slide and only 26 chinooks and 26 sockeyes have been seen near the spawning grounds along the Chilko River.

The prohibition will remain in effect until further notice.