Salmon Steward

Fall/Winter 2020

Salmon Steward is the official publication of the Pacific Salmon Foundation in British Columbia, Canada

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10 Fall/Winter 2020 CURRENT CHINOOK STOCK STATUS Chinook salmon are called "Tyees" (meaning Chief ) and "Kings" for good reason. They are the largest of the seven species, on average growing to three feet and 30 pounds. Chinook are a food and cultural staple for Indigenous people in and around British Columbia – the "Chinook" tribe in Washington and Oregon is named for this great salmon. Chinook are also ????????? ?????????? ?????? prized by the public fishery so much so that a fishing club in Campbell River, the Tyee Club, was established in 1924 dedicated to the pursuit of the 30-pound-plus Chinook. As a result, concerns about the current poor status of many Chinook salmon stocks in B.C. are widespread and deeply held. The impacts on the overall decline of this species are far reaching, and affect First Nations communities along the coast, the public fishery, entire ecosystems and more. Several Chinook stocks that return to the Fraser River in spring and early summer are nearing extinction. The Big Bar landslide has added a significant amount of stress and uncertainty to the growing concerns surrounding these fragile populations and has been coined a major conservation factor for this year. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) data indicates that Chinook escapement in 2019 decreased between 48 to 85 per cent for four of the five Chinook "management units" that FERNANDO LESSA TAKING ACTION TO RESTORE ONE OF B.C.'S MOST AT-RISK SALMON POPULATIONS THE PLAN TO SAVE CHINOOK

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