While it’s unclear where lumber markets go from here, the sockeye salmon are off and running. Fishing opened Thursday on the Fraser River as the sockeye return to spawn in the annual “early summer” run. After barely one million sockeye returned in 2009, a whopping 34 million returned in 2010, a number not seen since 1913! What will happen this year? Most recent estimates are at four million, though that number may climb to seven million. After BC’s commercial sockeye salmon fishery closed on the Fraser from 2006 through 2009 due to depleted stocks, it appears the numbers are normalizing. Good news!