Sustainable salmon fishing by Tsleil-Waututh confirmed in new study

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By Charlie Carey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A new study showing sustainable fishery management by səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) people before colonization has Michelle George excited.
The Nation’s cultural and technical specialist, George holds traditional knowledge, including that of her ancestors’ fishing practices of targeting male salmon both for their meat and to sustain the fishery, in which the study has now confirmed was effective.
“Being able to translate it into western science, where more people can actually understand. … Because the challenge that I face is, do people understand what I'm trying to explain to them? So, having someone else translate it is very exciting,” she said.
The study published earlier this month in the journal Scientific Reports examined chum salmon bones dating from between 400 BC and AD 1200 from four archeological...continued.

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