In the first weeks of January the classroom incubators will be 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 :

Please describe the importance of conservation to salmon and salmon habitat throughout B.C.

We are looking forward to your answers.

  1. #1 by Zoe C. on December 10, 2012 - 2:00 pm

    Nov.26, 2012 Salmon and their importance to BC Zoë C

    What is the importance of conserving salmon and salmon habitat throughout B.C.? There are many reasons why salmon and habitat conservation is important. Some of the many reasons why these wonderful fish are important include economic help to our province, cultural importance to the first nations and provides many jobs.

    Salmon are important to BC because they are an important part of our first nation culture and help us get our source of protein and omega 3. The people of the First Nations rely on Salmon for cultural events, food and food for the other animals that they eat. The omega 3 and protein in salmon saved their population from scurvy and other diseases. The population of fish has been declining. Thanks to many reinforcements of the laws for salmon fishing we have limited the amount of fish being taken from the ocean and tried to increase the amount coming back to spawn. Slowly these measures are working and salmon populations are coming back.

    Salmon and habitat conservation is important because due to global warming and commercial fishing the stocks are declining. Salmon are very vulnerable to temperature change. This year, Pacific salmon returned to the interior of British Columbia. The temperature was very cool so the salmon could spawn. Then came a heat wave and killed many of the salmon. Fortunately some of the fish survived and hopefully the fish will continue to come back to the Osoyoos Lake.

    Salmon are an important economically to BC because they provide jobs, exports and money to our economy. There are 100’s of fisheries along BC’s coast. Many jobs are supplied through these fisheries. Commercial fishing provides our province with exports to inland places around the world. Both of these things boost our economy but with some harm done to the ecosystem. The boats and airplanes pulse harmful chemicals into the air and water. The trick to providing economic help to our province and conserving the habitat is to make a balance the amount of pollution and the amount of conservation work that we do.

    As you can see, Salmon are one of the most important animals to Powell River, the Sunshine Coast and B.C. Through jobs, exports, conservation projects and law enforcements the salmon and their habitat need to be conserved. If we lose these wondrous fish, tens of thousands of people will lose their jobs, the economy will drop and the ecosystem, from the mountains to the middle of the ocean, will suffer if not die out completely. If we all work together, we can keep these fish and their ecosystem alive.

  2. #2 by Trent S on December 10, 2012 - 2:01 pm

    Salmon are a great part of the ecosystem. They help everything so much! Salmon are essential in the way of food. Humans, bears, seals, whales, birds and any scavengers or decomposers al love salmon, and sometimes rely on them in times of need. Salmon have lots of nutrience and vitamins on their meat and skin. Salmon are important to all those animals and if we help salmon everything benefits as well.
    All animals and plants need a habitat to live in. The habitat of the salmon, being the ocean and river, us humans need to take good care for these biomes. Not only are the oceans and rivers important to the fish but the fish are important to the oceans and rivers as well. Then the spawning salmon die their nutrience goes into the river banks, all vegetation on the banks benefit from this nutrience. The insects and other critters that live in these trees/bushes benefit because of the luscious greenery they are living in. Finally the salon fry benefit from the healthy bugs because that’s what they feed on. Therefore this mean when a salmon dies, it is helping its and others young.
    We need to protect salmon for many reasons. Not only are they helping everything in their environment, but are sacred and spiritual to the Aboriginals. People spend a lot of their time thinking about and helping salmon if different ways. We have made it hard for salmon to go through their life cycle with all the dams and hydro plants we have formed in the rivers. Helping salmon needs to be taken seriously with everything we do today. After all, salmon are very important in BC!

  3. #3 by Rachel Peckford on December 10, 2012 - 2:03 pm

    Salmon are important for mankind because in over the last 3000 years people have consumed salmon more than any other animal.
    Salmon play a huge role in the food chain as well, salmon bring the nutrients from the ocean to or watersheds these nutrients help other fish and plant species grow and live, if salmon disappear so will the health of our watersheds.
    The amount of money the B.C. fishing industry gets. *in millions*
    Wild salmon $135.2 11.1

    Farmed salmon $495.2 40.7
    Salmon also help the economy in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, and Idaho.
    The sales of fishing licenses, retail sales (fish gear and boats).the creations of these jobs add up to millions of dollars.
    Salmon has played a huge part in building the fishing economy in the Pacific Northwest. Salmon have helped us to survive for centuries. To lose the salmon is to lose history. Yet, we can lose it all, unless we change our ways.

  4. #4 by Keaton M on December 10, 2012 - 2:03 pm

    Keaton M Conserving Salmon and There Habitat throughout B.C
    December 3, 2012

    Salmon are a huge part of British Columbia, and it is critical that we protect them. B.C wild salmon are important for our economy and our nature cycles. To ensure the salmon continue to be part of the ecosystem humans need to do their part too, which is to help maintain salmon habitats, protect their water temperature and their ecosystems. If Salmon aren’t reproducing in good freshwater then there will be several issues that will impact salmon. Humans need to address these issues and pay attention to the problems that could arise. For example, many organisms including humans will struggle to survive. Also, the fishing industry throughout British Columbia will slow down, will start to decline and maybe even become extinct. Salmon keep many organisms alive in the life cycle and food chain so it’s important to preserve and protect them.

    There are many major cycles in the salmon ecosystem we need to protect. First, the salmon fertilize trees and vegetation on the edge of the spawning channel, which shade the area and make it ideal for the salmon to spawn. In turn, the trees contain insects which serve as easy food for the new born fry to catch while they’re living in the river. Protecting the salmon will keep their species and ecosystems alive, as long as we do our own part to help the salmon.

    Keeping the salmon protected and healthy will be very important to the province B.C. If we help the salmon they will be able to do their part throughout their ecosystem and our world. There are six different types of salmon we need to protect including the Chinook, Sockeye, Pink, Coho, Chum, and Steelhead. Large salmon stocks are important for the economy and the ecosystem of the salmon so it is imperative we preserve these species. A big area we have to conserve is the Fraser River, which serves as a home for many B.C salmon and it is one of the largest salmon producers especially the Sockeye. Some people don’t really know how big the B.C salmon ecosystem really is. It can span from the glacier mountain tops all the way to the ocean estuaries and even include many freshwater rivers. From there the ecosystem goes out into our vast oceans. We have to know these areas and protect them to help our salmon. We need to focus on conservation of all salmon species.

    It is extremely important to conserve our salmon for our world industries and nature cycles. A key factor we need to know about salmon to ensure conservation is we need to be aware that salmon need to obtain an ideal spawning spot to produce successfully. Some salmon travel nine-hundred miles or more to their perfect spawning area. If they don’t find their natural spawning area they will not produce. Furthermore, if humans continue to litter these areas with garbage it will also be detrimental to the salmon species. Litter causes damage to the ecosystem and water which in turn impacts our salmon and their spawning cycle. Caring for salmon in B.C will boost our economy and keep other species alive. The protection of salmon is critical throughout B.C! What are you going to do to help our BC salmon?

  5. #5 by Sarah s on December 10, 2012 - 2:13 pm

    Why we need salmon in our environment. Salmon are not only an 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 the streams and lake they were born in to spawn, delivering critical protein source to wildlife, and nutrients to ecosystem process.
    Salmon habitats start at rivers at the tops of mountains and creek that go out to the ocean. Habitat loss and modifications are believed to be the major factor factors determining the current status of salmon populations. Salmon habitat include cool, clean water ,appropriate water depth, quantity and flow velocities, upland and riparian (stream bank) vegetation to stabilize soil and provide shade ,clean gravel for spawning and egg-rearing ,large woody debris to provide resting and hiding places, adequate food varied channel forms.

    Salmon help plants and animals all around them. Salmon are food for other animals like bears, large sea birds, seals and humans and much more. If they die in a river or stream the plants and other small animals like fish will eat them.

    Salmon help the environment and all the animals around them so this is why we need to help them and save them

  6. #6 by tristan g. on December 10, 2012 - 2:16 pm

    NOV, 26, 2012 Why We Should Conserve Salmon Tristan G.
    Because of the wide ranging and complicated life histories of salmon, they are very vulnerable to impacts from headwater streams to the big open ocean. As a result, most salmon stocks are getting killed the “death of a thousand cuts.” Salmon decline is most advanced along the southern portions of their range, in Japan, southern Russia, California, Oregon and Washington. In these southern regions, overharvesting is no longer the major factor, but habitat loss is a big factor and may be irreversible. In addition, most of the remaining salmon are bred and contained in hatcheries. Generally, salmon in the northern latitudes of their range northeastern Russia, British Columbia and Alaska all have healthy habitat, but suffer from legal and illegal overharvest in both the ocean and freshwater spawning rivers. Habitat loss and overharvest are the biggest factors for decline in the south, as is the proliferation of land based fish hatcheries and ocean salmon farming operations. Around the world, the story is much the same Global Atlantic salmon catches fell eighty percent from 1970 to 2000. In the United Kingdom, one third of the salmon population is getting endangered according to the WWF, and in California and Oregon, the Pacific Fishery Management Council recently released the strictest salmon fishing quotas in the region’s history due to the animal’s rapidly declining in population. The downward spiral of the salmon population is troubling for several reasons. This fish is far more than just a big source for omega-3s. Salmon are what’s known as a key piece like the engine in your vehicle, their physical presence compared to the whole is rather smaller, but their importance it is functioning as a Vidal key. Not only are the fish a main source of sustenance for many of other animals known as predators there is more than 137 species of these animals but their decomposing bodies are a key source of nutrients for the rivers or other places that they may decompose or die. They will also give a lot of nutrients to the trees on the side of the rivers or the sides of the oceans and when the salmon die that means that the ecosystem surrounding them is not going to be far behind.

  7. #7 by Taylor D on December 14, 2012 - 2:03 pm

    Importance of Salmon in B.C
    Taylor Danroth November 26th 2012
    Millions of year salmon have traveled up the coast of British Columbia to natal streams and lakes to spawn. Pacific salmon only spawn once and then die soon after spawning. Salmon start way up in the mountains and find their way through lakes and rivers to get to the place they were born. Salmon are born in fresh water and by the time they are older they live in salt water and go back up stream to spawn. Salmon are a very important part of an eco system, not only for food but to maintain our life style and living, for first nation and culture focus. Salmons are very efficient eaters they with eat anything that looks like food. Salmon farms employ thousands of workers in B.C coastal region , farm salmon is the only way we can eat fresh salmon every year and is a healthy choice all year around.

    There are six stages to a salmon, egg, Alevin, fry, Smolt, adult and Spawner. Eggs are layed in gravel, first develop a eye over months the embryo develops and hatches into an Alevin. The Alevin carries the yolk sac which provides food for two or three months. After all the nutrience and food is gone the salmoniod is ready for the big word .the fry will live in fresh water for a year or more the head down stream to become a Smolt. Smolts face predators swift currents, waterfalls , pollution ,and competition for food. Young salmonids stay close to shore and during December , adventure out into the open ocean to depend on the species for four years . Return to the stream they were born , spawn and die.

    The importance of conserving salmon can be degraded by many different factors including land development, timber harvest, or resource extraction. These threats can bring out traditional methods of protecting the salmon but they have to protect the habitats before they require protection. The survival of salmon is mainly based on human nature, human have destroyed , disrupted and killed thousands of salmon and their habitat , it can disrupt their spawning and living thru out B.C .they are also Important to a community because they provide other animals food, they play a important role in our food chain and food webs. Imagine salmon feed us and pay our taxes, Families rely on salmon or we would go hungry , the economy would be in crisis Other animals that rely on salmon would die . if we take too many fish out of their habitat they would die their habitat is ours and we surly would need help ,the world would change .

  8. #8 by Emily W. on December 14, 2012 - 2:08 pm

    Emily White The Importance Of Salmon In B.C. Dec. 10, 2012

    According to a recent opinion poll, wild salmon are as important to British Columbians as the French language is to Quebecers. Farmed salmon is B.C.’s largest agriculture product and a significant contributor to our local economies. Salmon farms employ thousands of workers in B.C.’s coastal region and are also an important food and cultural focus for First Nations and communities.
    Salmon not only help many people by supplying numerous jobs, they also 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.
    There are many myths about farmed salmon. Some people think that farmed salmon are mistreated and are raised in a stressful environment and are unhealthy to eat. Even though some people may tell you that salmon farms can be located anywhere, even in environmentally sensitive areas, this is not true. Salmon farm locations are selected for their low environmental impact.
    If the French language’s importance is being compared to salmon, conserving salmon in B.C. is obviously very important.

  9. #9 by Mathias B. on December 14, 2012 - 2:15 pm

    There are many reasons to conserve salmon in B.C. Salmon are complicated animals and it is essential to understand salmon to know why we should protect them. Baby salmon hatch in a shady cool river with loose gravel at the bottom. The tiny salmon feed off aquatic bugs which actually eat the deceased salmon that died after spawning. The dead salmon make great fertilizer which feeds the trees near the river which in turn makes shade for the young salmon. The young salmon spend some time growing in the shady river eating bugs until they are bigger. Next they start their journey down stream. If the fish encounter a dam on their way to the sea there are two ways to get past them. One way is the spillway; a more surprising way is fish friendly turbines. The salmon live from two to eight years in the ocean. The next step in the fully grown salmon’s life will be to go back up the very same river they swam down when they were young. To get past dams the salmon swim up fish ladders, a raised board or other material holding back water then about a meter or so of water then another raised material holding back water. If salmon reproduce artificially Humans take the eggs and milk from the salmon. The salmon are moved into bigger and bigger containers until they are released. If not they spawn in the stream they were born in. Scientists say that genetics help salmon to return up stream. Most salmon die after spawning but steel heads do the whole process twice. Salmon are like canaries in a mine if they do well others do well to.
    Salmon are very important to native customs. Salmon is served at every ceremony they have, even birthdays. According to a first nations legend salmon were immortal beings. They had big houses under the ocean. Once the salmon people heard that there were other people on land and they needed food they offered themselves. Once killed the salmon people would be reborn. A tribe on land discovered the salmon people from another tribe then because their tribe was hungry sent some runners to tell the salmon people to move over to water where they were. When the salmon people arrived the tribe on land had a feast. The native peoples forever were grate full towards the salmon.
    There is also an economic benefit to salmon. 12% of total revenue in B.C. came from nature based tourism. 1.2 million Tourists spent 1.2 billion. 52,000 full time jobs are associated with wilderness tourism and sports fishing. The sport and commercial wild salmon fishing sectors together contributed 183 million to the provincial gross domestic product in B.C. B.C. nature revolves around salmon. It is important to protect salmon because if salmon are doing well all animals do well. Salmon are the foundations of ocean, river, and estuary ecosystems. For all the reasons above Salmon should be vigorously protected and conserved.

  10. #10 by Casper Poelen on December 14, 2012 - 2:23 pm

    Casper Importance of B.C. Salmon Dec.3
    In this essay I will be discussing the importance of our valuable B.C. salmon, and why we should save them.
    In the last 3000 years salmon have been a part of our food cycle. This has produced more protein for us than any other animal. Not the chicken, not the cow, not even the pig. This is not just B.C. but worldwide. Salmon don’t just provide food for us but also play a major part in sustaining life for other organisms. They do this by bringing ocean nutrients into our watersheds helping many fish, mammals, birds, and plant species. This shows that if the salmon species dies out many other organisms will soon follow.
    Salmon have played a big role in helping our economy. They have done this by sales of fishing license, tourism, retail sales (boats, gear, and fish), and the creation of jobs. This all adds up to over 1 billion dollars of gain.
    These fish are of high social importance playing a great part in the Pacific Northwest of history. Salmon play a big role in defining the industry and culture if we were to lose them we would be losing history, and the great role they play. Even though this problem is put out there we don’t put enough attention to them and salmon are dying out.

  11. #11 by Donovan S. on December 14, 2012 - 2:24 pm

    Donovan S. Dec 14th 2012
    Importance of B.C. Salmon
    Hello, in this essay I will discuss salmon. Specifically, I will discuss the importance of salmon to the Humans diet. I will discuss the salmon ecosystem and their role in their food chain. I will also discuss how other fish, mammal, bird and plant species will be affected if salmon to go extinct in B.C.

    The salmon is a source of meat and protein. For over 3 millennium, Humans have consumed the salmon as a main meat and protein source. After awhile, Humans have found other sources of protein and meat, but the salmon has still been one of the main sources. Historically, the salmon has been globally consumed in such vast quantities for so many years. The salmon and been consumed more than the pig, chicken and cow.

    Salmon are important creatures in their ecosystem and food chain. Salmon are kind of in the middle of their food chain, so we can tell if there food chain is doing well by just monitoring the salmon. We can tell because if salmon are in abundance then we know that the lower species are in abundance to feed the salmon. If salmon are in abundance then the higher class species have enough to eat and prosper.

    By salmon being the middle class, if salmon go extinct then many other species will take a critical blow to their diets and hunting strategies. Salmon’s extinction would also affect plants. Salmon would no longer die and decay on shore, feeding nutrients into the soil and into plants roots.

    These are my reasons to save B.C. salmon. They are important to the human diet and supply protein. They are consumed more than even the cow. They are an important part of their food chain and environment. Salmon supply plants and animals with nutrients when they die. Salmon are worth saving.

  12. #12 by Catriona H. on December 14, 2012 - 2:28 pm

    Dec 7th 2012 The Importance of Conserving Salmon Catriona Hopper

    The salmon rivers of the northern Pacific Rim watersheds and the estuaries are exceedingly rich, producing food and fiber for all the people in the Pacific Rim. Salmon are very healthy to eat because of their high source of protein, omega 3 and vitamin D.

    Why is the population of salmon declining? They are declining because of the wide ranging and very complicated life histories of salmon. Salmon are very vulnerable from the main water streams to the vast open ocean. Overharvest is no longer the major factor, but habitat loss is dramatic and may be irreversible. Generally, salmon in the northern latitudes have a very healthy habitat, though they suffer from overharvest in both the ocean and freshwater spawning rivers.

    Salmon are very vulnerable to water change. They are born in freshwater streams and return to their natural stream to spawn after living in the ocean. The Frasier River, the biggest producer of salmon in the world, has water temperatures increasing which is killing the salmon.

    Juvenile salmon feed on freshwater invertebrates. Invertebrates indicate good water quality. The more pure, productive and diverse the freshwater ecosystem is, the healthier the salmon stock is. The capacity of water shed to grow juvenile salmon can indicate declining ecosystems’ health.

    The reason why it is so important to help conserve salmon is so fishermen in our northern Pacific Rim can fish! It is a huge economic cycle. It employs many people in Canada because people need you to buy their supplies. We have so many lakes and oceans for the salmon to live in and it is critical for the fishermen to catch fish and have salmon be able to reproduce. Overall, salmon support many local jobs and economic cycles.

    These are just some of the reasons that we should help to conserve salmon.

  13. #13 by Duncan M. on December 17, 2012 - 2:39 pm

    Duncan M.

    Many people have heard about salmon but only a few realize how important salmon actually are. That is why I am here to tell you about these wonderful animals and their critical role in our everyday life.

    One of the reasons why we should save these wonderful creatures is for our food. Over the last three thousand years, people have eaten more salmon than any other fish. Also, no other animal has accounted for as much global protein. In other words, there has been more protein from salmon than any other animal.

    My next reason is tourism. If we let salmon go extinct, the whales will die too. That is a problem because whales are a big tourist attraction. Some places get a lot of money from tourists and no whales mean fewer tourists. This results in less money for these locations. In the end, this means fewer jobs and fewer employed people.

    My last and final reason why we should protect salmon in British Columbia is because of the food chain. Salmon plays a critical role in the food chain. Small animals like mollusks, mussels, and crustaceans would die because they rely on salmon protein.
    If salmon die, then other amazing creatures like whales, eagles, bears and otters will find it harder and harder to live.
    If this happens, it would be disastrous because I personally love these animals.

    Salmon need to be protected for food, tourism, and preservation of an important food chain. I hope now you understand how important salmon really are and how vital they are for us to not let them go extinct. Thank you for your understanding.

  14. #14 by Breanna M. on December 18, 2012 - 10:02 am

    The importance of salmon and salmon habitats throughout B.C

    Did you know
    The salmon are not only important food but a cultural focus for first nations and coastal communities.
    The Great Bear Rainforest is home to over 2,500 salmon runs. There are all sorts of kinds of fish in the world however Salmon are critical to our region.
    Salmon start their lives in the fresh water and then go to the ocean. They then head back to the fresh water they were born in.

  15. #15 by Ekaterina S on December 18, 2012 - 11:22 am

    Salmon are not only important for food. They are also important to plants, jobs, culture, water and animals. In British Columbia we need to protect salmon and their habitat.
    The salmon habitat starts in rivers or creeks and goes out in to the ocean. After a few years the salmon return to the river or creek they were born in. The salmon lay their eggs usually in the same spot they were born and then they die. When the salmon’s eggs hatch the baby salmon are called alevin’s and they have a yolk sac that provides them with nourishment’s until they turn into a fry. A fry has no yolk sac so it has to find food for itself. A fry usually eats the remaining carcasses of the dead rotting fish. Fry can live in fresh water for a few days to two years. Smolting is when a fish changes and it is impossible for them to get salt in to their blood stream. After this the whole cycle starts over.
    Salmon are important to humans. To humans they are very important for jobs because fisher men get money for catching these fish and selling them to factories and stores and restaurants. The stores and restaurants get money for selling them to costumers. For the natives salmon are part of their culture. Most of the foods natives eat are salmon. Salmon have become spiritual in the natives lives and are passed on in the generations. The natives have salmon festivals and celebrations. Salmon are very healthy to eat because of the omega-3 inside the salmon. Salmon bring nutrients from the ocean in to our water sheds.
    Salmon are very important for plants and animals. For animals they are important for food. Lots of animals like the back bear, the grizzly bear, wolves, eagles, seals, and many more animals like to feed on salmon. When salmon die their dead carcasses lie on the river banks and bring nutrients to the plants and trees that grow along the river bank.
    Salmon are disappearing because of global warming. The water is getting warmer and it is harder for salmon to live in warmer water. Salmon are also dying because of pollution. Salmon are getting poisoned by chemicals that enter the water. Pollution kills salmon eggs and organisms that salmon eat so salmon are also starving to death.
    Salmon are important for food, jobs, culture, plants, water and animals. We need to protect salmon for future generations.

  16. #16 by carsyn.c on December 21, 2012 - 12:57 pm

    Salmon is the common name for many species of fish in the family Salmondae. Other fish in the family are called trout. The difference is often said that salmon migrate and trout are resident. Different types of salmon are Coho, Pink, Chum and Chinook. Atlantic salmon and sockeye salmon are different species. Salmon are very efficient eaters. Salmon look like trout, but trout spend their entire lives in fresh water.
    Farmed salmon is B.C’s largest Agri Product and contributor to local economies. Farmed salmon is the only way that we can actually get fresh salmon all year round. Farmed salmon are raised naturally that means no hormones or genetic modification to enhance the growth and medications are never used near harvest time. Salmon farmers work with scientists to maintain fish health. Farmers work to protect salmon from sea lice. Farmers take steps to reduce stress on the fish. Salmon farmers employ thousands of workers in B.C’s coastal region.

    There are about 900 stocks of salmon in B.C. females lay thousands of eggs (usually between 2000- 10,000), less than 1 % of these eggs survive to reproduce. Salmon spawn only once in their entire life. The steps in their life cycle are egg, alevin, fry, smolt, ocean phase and then spawning stage. Some salmon travel thousands of kilometers up river to spawn. Throughout their lives, salmon live and travel through many different habitats. These habitats play a vital role at different points in the salmon’s long journey. Salmon are a very healthy food choice. Salmon provides real economic and social benefits to First Nations people.

  17. #17 by Grant.h on December 21, 2012 - 12:58 pm

    Why to conserve to salmon Grant.H
    Salmon are a renewable resource but that is not a reason to not think about conserving them. There are so many lakes for salmon to swim and oceans but they also have things in the environment and animals such as fish and bears that can harm them. Not only can the salmon be harmed but also there are many ways that the eggs of the salmon can be harmed also such as Freeze , high water temperatures , disturbances in the gravel such as movement by other fish and flooding that washes them down stream. Over 3000 years people consumed salmon more then any other fish. Historically no other fish has as much protein consumption as salmon. Salmon play a critical role in the food chain for a variety of fish mammal bird and plant species by bringing ocean nutrients to our water sheds. When salmon disappear so will our health of the water sheds. Salmon play a significant role in industry and cultures to lose the salmon is to lose history itself. Why salmon are declining because a wide range of complex life histories of salmon they are very venerable from impacts in headwater streams to the open ocean.

    Wild salmon face pressure from climate change warm water and unpredictable flows. Agriculture logging mining and urban development are hazards that can affect salmon habitat and existence. The pacific salmon foundation invests in the study of these fish watersheds and ocean environment to make strategies to help the salmon.

  18. #18 by Joel L on December 21, 2012 - 12:59 pm

    The loss of a single Salmon is disastrous! They are key indicators of the health of the ecosystem we depend on and an important cultural and economic resource. We must ensure we limit the impact on salmon we control so they can continue to play their role in the ecosystems, spawning supporting the species which depend on… Not just us, humans. British Columbians not just concerned, they will do what it takes to preserve this resource and icon.

    Pacific Salmon are in decline. They go through a lot of threats: Climate change, over-fishing, and unsustainable fish farming.

    Salmon play a very big role in the food chain, for fish, mammal, bird and plant species bring ocean nutrients in our watersheds. When salmon disappear, also the health of watersheds will.
    Over the last 3000 years worldwide people have had more salmon than any other fish. Historically no other animal has counted for as much global protein consumption as much as the salmon. Not even the pig! Same with the chicken and the cow!

    FACT= Sockeye Salmon usually have fully immune systems by the times they migrate to the salt water.

  19. #19 by Allan Drummond on September 17, 2015 - 8:39 am

    Can you tell me if your records show a salmon (probably sockeye) run that came back to Powell Lake years ago. If you are not sure can you direct me to an archival area that might have this information. Thanks.

  20. #20 by shanedobler on September 17, 2015 - 10:01 am

    Hi Al, no we do not have any record of salmon in Powell Lake. You may contact Sliammon to see where they might have info on this subject. Thanks for visiting our website! Cheers

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