The Chilcotin River sockeye has been an integral component of Tŝilhqot'in culture for centuries. In 2010 the TNG initiated an inland commercial fishery – the Tŝilhqot'in Select Fishery, harvesting sockeye salmon from the Chilcotin River in accordance with the DFO'S commercial fishing licenses. The Tŝilhqot'in Select Fishery is a member of the River Select Fisheries Cooperative - a small group of interior First Nations participating in conservation based inland commercial fisheries.
These fisheries aim to uphold the importance of fish conservation by engaging in sustainable, responsible selective fishing practices that help to maintain salmon stock diversity while protecting the weaker salmon stocks. The commercial fishing season typically occurs between mid- August and early-September. Local fishers are hired and harvest the salmon by using traditional dip net techniques.
Tŝilhqot'in Select salmon and salmon products from the River Select members are available locally at: Cariboo Growers Co-op, The Bean Counter, The Gecko Tree, Trattoria Pasta Shop, Cj's Southwestern Grill, The Williams Lake Tourist Centre, Chartreuse Moose café (100 Mile House), Savalas Steak House (Quesnel), and Ave Maria Health (Prince George).