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Scientists are recommending that the federal government add sockeye salmon to Canada's list of at-risk species after an assessment found a sharp decline in the animal's presence in the Fraser River.
     
The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada issued a release this week saying 2016 had the lowest number of salmon returning to the Fraser River since record keeping began in 1893.
     
Scientists on the committee recommended eight sockeye populations in the river be labelled as endangered, two as threatened and five as being of ``special concern,'' meaning they could become threatened or endangered.
     
Nine other populations were found to be stable or increasing. 
 
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