The Importance of Salmon to Our Community


In the first weeks of January the classroom incubators were set up at local schools. The Powell River Salmon Society Classroom Incubator Program focuses on salmon, biology and stewardship.  We encourage educators to integrate science with social studies.  Hands-on participation and the knowledge gained in salmon biology and environment are critical building blocks toward fostering a strong understanding of stewardship.

We encourage all students to respond on our blog to the following question:

What are some of the reasons salmon are important to our community? We are looking forward to your answers.

 

  1. #1 by Kiely tietzen on February 22, 2012 - 11:47 am

    Salmon are very important to our community for many reasons one of the big reason being that we live in Powell river living by the ocean and having lots of lakes mean that there is a lot of fishing to do and with that being said means that people have jobs and need to make a living and one of the ways to do it is to have a job as a fisher man or woman and catch fish and sell them for a living.

    Salmon are a big part of our community for another reason as well for the wildlife bears cougars and eagles and other birds and animals they need to eat food to and so for the animals we need the fish for them because it is not fair to them that we are getting there fish and not giving them any so we need to give them or at least to let them have some fish too.

    Also when you think about it its not just fishermen and woman who need the fish to survive what about the people who were here first the first nations people there whole life before we were even born depended on the fish because they would eat the fish sell the fish and even on their logos and clothing and on baskets the salmon is on it everywhere their houses are or have at least one thing in them that have a salmon on it. Without the salmon here there culture could not have been carried on and pasted on to their children. We may not really think that salmon are so important to us and our community but go look around even today they still depend on them to live their ways that have been passed on thanks to the salmon.

  2. #2 by Hallie Narayan on February 22, 2012 - 11:47 am

    Salmon are important to our community because they provide other animals food, and they are also a big part in our economy. Salmon play a big part in food chains and food webs.
    If salmon never existed, fishermen would not be able to sell it. He would get no money, and he would have no money for food. The fishermen would die. Families who rely on salmon would go hungry. The economy would be in a crisis, because with people having no money, taxes wouldn’t be paid. The government also would have a problem. Other animals that rely on salmon would die, and animals that rely on the animal would also die.
    Most people in Powell River take advantage of how many salmon we have, but if we took too many fish out of their homes, habitats would change, and their habitat is our habitat. We must share it.
    Salmon also play a big part in First Nations groups. Salmon could be a spirit. First Nations groups have stories about salmon, too.

  3. #3 by Myles Elliott on February 22, 2012 - 11:54 am

    Salmon essay Myles Elliott 2/22/12

    Salmon have been important to our community for ever. Watersheds and rivers that salmon spawn in are beautiful. Coastal watersheds are among the most productive biological communities on earth. Salmon were very important to the native people of British Colombia. Salmon were a huge part of their life. The natives of British Colombia used salmon for eating, Smoking, Trading. Salmon is important in a lot Aboriginal Communities.
    Sometimes the Aboriginals of British Colombia would catch the first salmon of the year and hold a traditional ceremony for the salmon out of respect. Salt salmon markets starting appearing Fort Langley in the 1820’s. Thirty thousand one-pound tin cans were hand-soldered and filled with salmon by workers for Scottish immigrant Alexander Ewan’s new business. It took less than 2000 salmon to fill the 300 cases that launched the British Colombia canning industry in the 1871’s. Salmon are still important to our communities today. It is important to keep watersheds and Hatcheries alive. It is partly the government’s job to help fund these organizations. We can help also by not polluting the creeks and oceans that the salmon live in.

  4. #4 by Cassidy Martinig on February 22, 2012 - 11:56 am

    Feb 21 /12 Cassidy .M

    What are some reasons why Salmon are important to our community?

    Salmon are important to our community because they’re a source of food to many animal species such as bears and eagles. If they didn’t have salmon they could become weak and then the salmon population would become too big to handle.
    Fisherman wouldn’t have a job because they make their living off selling and catching salmon. If they disappear then they’ll be out of the job and won’t have money, to bring food home for their families to eat.
    Aboriginal people thank the salmon because they unselfishly gave themselves for spiritual human being. Salmon also shaped the culture, religion, society and the language for the tribes. The tribes always thanked the creator for the bounteous blessing of the salmon and thanked the salmon for offering themselves.
    Salmon are important to us because they provide food and jobs for animals and humans they both need salmon to live for food and jobs. If salmon ever disappeared many living things would die because the salmon provide many things like the flesh provide nutrients for the ground.
    Salmon are important you wouldn’t have known that because their just like any normal fish in the sea. They live a normal life as a fish but provide so much for so many things in the community.

  5. #5 by bryson on February 22, 2012 - 11:57 am

    Pacific Salmon Foundation
    Fish is a word that means a cold blooded animal that humans eat for food. If salmons mean that humans eat them what would happen if they disappeared?

    If fish disappeared then the human race would lose a lot of people because we depend on fish to survive. A lot of people would be mad because they like to fish for fun and all the people would not get enough fresh air and they could have a heart attack. All the people that do commercial fishing would lose all of their money and be on the streets. The predators of the fish would die because they would not have enough food to eat. The grizzly bear is one of the fish’s predators and we eat grizzlies for food and that will kill a lot of other people too.

  6. #6 by zevier on February 22, 2012 - 11:58 am

    The Importance of Salmon to our Community

    For this essay, community is defined as the residents of the Upper Sunshine Coast (Saltery Bay to Lund) and includes the unique community of Tla’ a’amin (Sliammon) First Nation. For the first nation, salmon is very important because it was traditionally their main food source. Also, the Tla’a’amin love to fish because it is fun! The first nation’s cultural heritage includes lots of salmon.
    Another important use of salmon includes jobs for fishermen selling fish. Lots of people like to buy salmon to eat. Fishing also brings tourists to the community. These people rent boats, fishing rods and more. Salmon can also indicate if a creek is healthy by whether the eggs hatch or not.

  7. #7 by Tyannika Lam on February 22, 2012 - 12:00 pm

    Salmons were the first resource for the First Nations. The First Nations community was created from the commerce of salmons. The First Nations is the oldest known fishing cultures in the world. Salmons are important to their social, economic, recreational and cultural needs. Seafood is a huge importance to First Nations. Salmons are a huge part of the First Nations community. First Nations used the Salmon as a symbol to their religion. First Nations have dances that symbolize the salmon.
    Another reason why salmon are important to our community is animals. Most animals in the wild feed off of Salmons and fish for example bears. One of their main elements of food is salmons. Seagulls also feed off of salmons, but mostly any kind of fish. +

    In freshwater the Heron, the Osprey, the Kingfisher, the Otter, the Merganser and the American Eel feed off of salmons and other fishes. In salt water the shark, the Cod, the Seagull, the Lamprey Eel, the Tem, the Cormorant and the seal.

  8. #8 by Lieve Kaptein on February 22, 2012 - 12:01 pm

    Salmon are important to our community because they provide food for us and animals like bears and eagles. They are important because First Nations use salmon as their symbol and also as a spirit in their beliefs. That’s why First nations have made totem poles and statues to represent their spirit of the salmon.
    If salmon didn’t exist fishermen would have a real struggle with their work and major part in the industry would drop. Many fishermen depend on salmon to pay their taxes and other things because salmon are very important to the fishing industry. If that happened then the government would also lose money. It’s like a chain reaction.
    Salmon are a big part of the food chain. Many different animals eat them. And we eat most of the animals that eat salmon. So if salmon disappeared not only would the animals that eat them starve but so would we. You may think salmon are just another kind of fish but they are more important than you think.

  9. #9 by Joshua Chernoff on February 22, 2012 - 12:03 pm

    Why Salmon Are Important To Our Community
    Joshua Chernoff 2/22/2012

    I think that salmon are important to our community because a lot of animals depend on the salmon for food such as the bear, the eagle, the orca, whales, people, and other salmon. I think that without salmon, a lot of animals will become extinct or will develop rapidly. A few examples are, the eagle, whales, and other salmon will lose a big portion of their diet, while micro organisms will produce rapidly with no sign of stopping. Sometimes the Aboriginals of British Colombia would catch the first salmon of the year and hold a traditional ceremony for the salmon out of respect. Salt salmon markets starting appearing Fort Langley in the 1820’s. Thirty thousand one-pound tin cans were hand-soldered and filled with salmon by workers for Scottish immigrant Alexander Ewan’s new business. It took less than 2000 salmon to fill the 300 cases that launched the British Colombia canning industry in the 1871’s. Salmon are still important to our communities today. It is important to keep watersheds and Hatcheries alive. It is partly the government’s job to help fund these organizations. We can help also by not polluting the creeks and oceans that the salmon live in. Also, if fishermen had no salmon to fish for, then they would not be able to make money.

  10. #10 by konner koshey on February 22, 2012 - 12:04 pm

    Importance of salmon in our community.
    By Konner Koshey Feb, 12, 2012
    The importance of salmon in our community is tremendous.
    Salmon are very important to the eco system and without many predators and prey would be affected. The salmon many vitamins and lots of protein.
    In our community there are so many things we would not have, such as, the huge salmon fishing industries, salmon for food, and salmon Hatcheries.
    Salmon are one of the biggest food sources in the world. There for, I believe salmon are hugely important in our community.

  11. #11 by paige on February 23, 2012 - 11:25 am

    Salmon are important to our ecosystem because they provide nutrients for animals and humans. Also without salmon there would be less fishing which means not as many jobs. If you have ever been there when salmon are spawning, it looks beautiful. Without salmon we would lose a lot of things such as the salmon hatchery and the fishing industry and salmon for food.

  12. #12 by Claudia Piccinin on February 23, 2012 - 11:31 am

    Salmon are a very important animal because they provide nutrients for many animals including bears and eagles. If salmon went extinct the food chain would get all messed up because they are a big part in the food chain. Many people and animals rely on salmon for food so if the salmon all went extinct the animals would have to find new food for themselves and their family. There wouldn’t be as many jobs because one of the top sea foods is salmon, they would need less fishermen which is less jobs. If you have ever seen a salmon jumping up the river it’s a sight you will never forget, there are hundreds and hundreds of them, almost racing to get to the top of the river, first.

  13. #13 by Catherine Chinn on February 24, 2012 - 11:42 am

    People wonder but never try to answer; why are salmon important? Salmon are extremely important to our community and forest. There are 130 different species that depend on salmon. If there is no salmon then most species will be gone too. Many species eat the salmon eggs because salmon eggs have lots of nutrition. Some people make their living fishing for salmon.
    Salmon give the forest lots of nutrition, for example: when an animal drags a salmon in the forest to eat it, the remains of the salmon rot into the soil. The nutrition from the salmon gets fed to all the trees and plants and helps everything grow.
    Salmon was also important to the first nations. Salmon was their first resource. The first nations eat salmon and sell salmon for money. The first nations are the oldest known fishing culture in the world. Many fish hatcheries are run by first nations. Without salmon, many aboriginal communities would have a hard time living for as long as they did.
    More reasons why salmon are important to the first nations: salmon are important part of their spiritual and cultural identity. Over a dozen longhouses and churches on the reservations and in ceded areas rely on salmon for their religious services. The fist nations are wealthy people because of the trade economy based on salmon. Salmon takes a big role in our community, without salmon many animals would become close to extinction.

  14. #14 by Arianna on February 24, 2012 - 11:44 am

    Why are salmon important? Most people are passive thinking they’re just salmon. But they’re not, they are essential to our community’s well-being, the forest too. The forest needs the nutrition from a salmon’s decaying body. Also 130 different species depend on salmon; if the salmon are gone most of those species will be too. Some people make their living off salmon, like fisheries.
    Those are only a few reasons; there are several. For hundreds of years native tribes have been based on the existence of salmon. Salmon are very important to the Native’s; they are part of their cultural identity. For many tribal members, fishing is still the preferred livelihood.
    Without salmon many would lose their job. The forest needs the nutrition; salmon are sacred to the Sliammon. So many depend on salmon, why do we pollut their water? We need salmon, so stop.

  15. #15 by Justin Johansen on February 24, 2012 - 11:46 am

    The Importance of Salmon in Powell River Justin

    Everybody has seen a salmon, but not many know their importance in a community. Some might know a bit, like how if the salmon die out, everything above it in the food chain will find life a little tougher. Salmon are not only a giant source of food, but a species of fish that is linked to a lot of things in our community.
    Importance to the environment
    Salmon are a very important source of food not only to animals, but to trees and other plants too. During the spawning season, bears come out to eat the fish. After the bear has finished eating, scavengers such as wolves and eagles eat the bear’s leftovers. Once the scavengers have had their share, insects eat the remaining flesh on the carcass. When the insects have finished eating the remaining flesh, the carcass will eventually decompose into the soil, where the nutrition will be taken in by trees. At least one of every type animal in the area will have had a bit of the salmon. Salmon offspring are also important, as they are too eaten by birds and other small creatures.
    Importance to humans
    Salmon are also important to humans, as well as animals. Salmon contain omega 3, which can prevent, or slow down cancer. Because of this, salmon is a major food source to humans. As well as a food source, salmon are also important to the economy. They provide jobs such as: fishermen, biologists, hatcheries and many more. Fishing is a major concern to salmon, as humans are the salmon’s top predator. Salmon also play a role in Native American culture, where they worship salmon as gods.

  16. #16 by Erin on February 24, 2012 - 11:53 am

    Erin Findlater February 15,2012

    It is important that all of our rivers contain healthy populations of fish. These fish are important to the food chains of both animal and human lives. Salmon are very important to all people and animals, as they are a great food source. People may have a job that somehow includes salmon in it. It’s their way of getting paid and having good work. If there were no salmon then most fishermen would have no job and no way to get paid. Netsmen catch and then sell salmon for their money to get their own food. Tourists even show people where great deals of salmon are. If there were no salmon, people could even go homeless! If all your life you were a fishermen, netsmen or if you worked in a hatchery, that would all be wiped out and you will be left to find a new job and start all over. Salmon are a very good source of food, if you were abandoned on a desert island and had to find food then you could fish for salmon. Not many people dislike salmon, so they get eaten faster and their population gets smaller. Even though they multiply, the salmon population gets smaller and smaller every day. We can help that problem but we need help from the community. Salmon are important and we need them.

  17. #17 by Maddie on February 24, 2012 - 11:54 am

    Salmon

    Salmon are an important source of food. They are the most popular fish to eat besides tuna. Salmon is also very healthy with all its protein and omega-3. Scientists have found out salmon contains small protein molecules that may provide special support for joint cartilage, and control of puffiness in the digestive tract. Even salmon eggs (called caviar) are a high source of protein. Salmon eggs also have a lot of vitamin D. The sea food restaurants would defiantly be less popular on people with crab, clams, shrimp and lobster as salmon is the most popular dish.

    Salmon are part of some spiritual and cultural identities for First Nations people. Over a dozen longhouses and churches rely on salmon for their rituals and ceremonies. B.C. Originally had wealthy people because of a flourishing trade economy based on salmon. Tribal populations are growing so the needs for salmon are more important than ever.

    Salmon are important to the ecosystem. More than 137 species of fish and wildlife – from orcas to flies depend on the salmon for their survival as part of the food chain Pacific salmon are unique in that they die after they reproduce. When salmon are decaying bears, wolves and other animals drag dead salmon bodies from spawning streams this causes a reaction in the animal chain that changes the nature of the surrounding forest.

    Salmon are very important to people. Some people make their living off salmon, such as commercial fishermen. Some markets, and sea food restaurants, just to name a few rely on salmon for their business. Without salmon there would be no commercial fishing, no salmon hatcheries, not even the yummy taste of a salmon. A lot of the salmon comes from commercial fishing so if there were no salmon lots of people would lose their jobs.

  18. #18 by brett kinley on February 24, 2012 - 12:00 pm

    Salmon are important to our community because:
    Salmon are important food and cultural focus for First Nations and communities they are the foundation of British Columbia’s coastal ecosystems. For millions of years, Pacific salmon have journeyed back to their natal streams and lakes to spawn, delivering a critical protein source to wildlife, and nutrients to ecosystem processes.
    Many of these rivers are still intact, offering a unique opportunity to study the linkages between salmon and the larger food web. However salmon in this region are faced with increasing threats many of which have depressed and extirpated salmon populations throughout the Pacific Northwest. The following activities can threaten the abundance and/or diversity of wild salmon.

  19. #19 by ethan on February 24, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    The reason why salmon are important to our community is because they are food for bears and other wild animals in our community and they are good nutrition fore the people how eat them and they are very good when they are cook in to soup and smocked ore caned. And if there were no salmon lick if they got extinct ore killed then there well be no more salmon fishing and if there were no more salmon then other people who have never hade salmon before would not get to try what they tasted lick. And then salmon recipes would go in to a blank because you cant see what goes good with the salmon. And then the nutrition noel value in the salmon that some people depend on well vanish and they might get very sick from the nutrition value and that’s why salmon are important to our community.

  20. #20 by cole on February 24, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    Salmon are extremely important to our community because when the first nations first arrived salmon were their main food. Salmon are import to the environment because when they die they become food for other animals and make the ground very vitamin enriched. Salmon create jobs for humans because of salmon there is commercial fishing. The first nations believe salmon are a spiritual animal. They also use salmon for ceremonial food. Without salmon the ocean would be different and animals that live near rivers wouldn’t have very much nutritious food.

  21. #21 by victoria on February 24, 2012 - 12:04 pm

    Salmon are important to our community in many different ways. One way is that
    they are food for lots of wild animals including us. Mostly bears are one of their main
    predators their other main one is humans. Also when they die they give off a major
    rate of nutrition witch help trees and other plants grow. Some people want to protect
    the salmon but its hard to when we humans like to catch, cook, and eat these fish.
    So many people depend on the fish for jobs. People work at salmon spawning, and
    Some fisherman. If no salmon that mean no money for people who work which means
    they start to lose money and need to find other jobs. If bears don’t get to eat they will
    end up going to a different animal and then it will go extinct and that will just keep
    happening which is not good at all

  22. #22 by jack on February 24, 2012 - 12:11 pm

    Jack why salmon are important to our community
    Feb, 22, 2012
    Salmon are important to our community because. Salmon are a food source to humans but a huge source of food to the first nations. People also like to just go out and fish them for fun .Most people fish salmon for their jobs on fishing boats then they will sell the salmon. Salmon are also very important to animals like eagles and grizzly bears. Salmon are also very important to the food chain without them a lot of things would die. And if all the salmon died lots of animals whales birds many other things.

  23. #23 by Bayley on February 24, 2012 - 12:13 pm

    Salmon Essay BayleyHollingsworth
    Feb.22nd/2012

    Salmon are important to our community because they give jobs to commercial fisherman which gives them their money to feed their family. Salmon are also important to our wildlife because they are food to bears, Eagles, Seagulls, Seals, and osprey the main predators of Salmon.
    They are also important for the salmon hatcheries so that they give people that enjoy salmon a place to work and volunteer when they are retired. Salmon are also important for fishing as a hobby parents and kids usually go fishing as a fun event in spring, summer, and sometime fall. Salmon also give kids something to look forward to when summer is coming close.
    Salmon are also important to our community for nature they are nice to just sit and enjoy in the nice rays of the sun in a crisp fall day.
    They are also important for the first nations of our community as a symbol of their culture and also food to them and our culture salmon are a main part of our community.

  24. #24 by George Illes on March 8, 2012 - 8:58 pm

    These essay’s blow me away, job well done to our children and our school system allowing them time to share their thoughts about our salmon in our back yard which really is every ones in our world of hunger. I hope we allow more of this kind of sharing in our lives.

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