Salmon “why should we care?”


It is that time of the year again, for us to challenge students with a question about salmon.

After having hundreds of students out at Lang Creek to see and learn about salmon we are hoping that we have inspired them to think about this valuable resource. Our question  will allow students to explore many different aspects in the classroom- environmental, economic, recreation, scientific, etc.

A special thank you to Ed Oldfield for his participation in encouraging students to participate on our blog and for coming up with this topic. We look forward to your responses.

Here IMG_6729is the question;

Salmon, “why should we care?”

  1. #1 by Benjamin C on November 13, 2013 - 9:49 am

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    The salmon species is very important to humans. Everyone should care about them for a number of reasons, and I am here to tell you why, so read on! The first reason is protein. Fish give people more protein than any other food in the world! Our Earth could not house the 7-or-so-billion men and women here without salmon for them to eat. Farmed salmon is also BC’s largest Agricultural product and a significant contributor to our local economies (which means they make people money). We should eat salmon because there are no hormones or genetic modification implanted in them to make them grow bigger, so that means they are healthy and good to eat. Wild salmon also earn lots of money for us in the way of people fishing them, and are a symbol of how healthy our oceans are. Salmon farms also employ thousands of workers in BC regions, which means that people are getting jobs and having a chance to make money. Salmon farming also provides economic and social benefits to first nation people. From protein to workers to natural growth, one of these reasons must catch your attention! The salmon species are an essential part to our lifestyle, there are tons of reasons that people should care about salmon, and I don’t see why anyone would want them to go.

  2. #2 by Benjamin C on November 13, 2013 - 9:53 am

    The salmon species is very important to humans. Everyone should care about them for a number of reasons, and I am here to tell you why, so read on! The first reason is protein. Fish give people more protein than any other food in the world! Our Earth could not house the 7-or-so-billion men and women here without salmon for them to eat. Farmed salmon is also BC’s largest Agricultural product and a significant contributor to our local economies (which means they make people money). We should eat salmon because there are no hormones or genetic modification implanted in them to make them grow bigger, so that means they are healthy and good to eat. Wild salmon also earn lots of money for us in the way of people fishing them, and are a symbol of how healthy our oceans are. Salmon farms also employ thousands of workers in BC regions, which means that people are getting jobs and having a chance to make money. Salmon farming also provides economic and social benefits to first nation people. From protein to workers to natural growth, one of these reasons must catch your attention! The salmon species are an essential part to our lifestyle, there are tons of reasons that people should care about salmon, and I don’t see why anyone would want them to go.

  3. #3 by Cole N on November 18, 2013 - 1:44 pm

    BC Salmon- Why Should We Care? By: CN
    Why should we care? That is my topic for today. The Salmon of BC are important to our economy, our diet, and our ecosystems. I am going to explain why it is such an important part of our lifestyle.
    The first reason to support local salmon hatcheries is the fact that farmed salmon is BC’s largest agricultural product and a significant contributor to our local communities. Another reason to fully support salmon hatcheries is their efficiency- they have restored 1.1 million square meters of habitat, they have completed 2100 salmon conservation/restoration projects in BC, and have released 11 million salmon from hatcheries throughout BC. Also, farmed salmon are completely natural- no hormones, genetic modifications, or medications used preventatively or near harvest time. That means they are natural and healthy to eat.
    Those are only a few of the good reasons to donate and support BC’s salmon. We all should help.

  4. #4 by Kaden K on November 18, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    Salmon
    Why should we care?
    I care about salmon because their unique and are cool animals here’s some facts about salmon
    Salmon is the common name for fish in order salmoniformes. They live in the northern Atlantic and pacific oceans and are anadromous which means most types of salmon are born in fresh water then they migrate to the sea and return to fresh water to reproduce or spawn. Salmon appearance varies greatly from species to species. Species like chum salmon are silvery blue in color while some have black spots on their sides like the Atlantic salmon. Still others like the cherry salmon have bright red stripes. Most of these species maintain one color when living in fresh then change color when they are in salt water
    Diet¬¬- in general, young salmon eat insects, invertebrates and plankton. Adults eat other fish, squid, eels, and shrimp. Unlike all other salmon. The sockeye salmon has a diet that consists almost entirely of plankton

    Population: it is difficult to estimate the population numbers due to the large number of species and wide geographic range. However population numbers in the Atlantic ocean and in parts of the pacific, as well as the Colorado river, have dropped drastically from what they were historically.in the Colorado river for instance. Salmon numbers are down 3 percent of what they were during the time of Lewis and Clark.

    Reproduction: when the female reaches the place where she will lay her eggs in this depression she waits for males to fertilize the eggs, then covers the depression and moves on to make another. Females will make as many depressions as it takes to lay all their eggs up to seven depression.

  5. #5 by Claire Mavin on November 25, 2013 - 1:32 pm

    Salmon. Why Should We Care? Claire M.
    Salmon is a natural choice for Canada. Not only does Canada have the world’s largest coastline, but it also has the largest freshwater system. Canada’s aquaculture has become one of Canada’s largest economic contributor. In 2006 production had grown to 171,829 tonnes with a value of over $ 912.00 million. Aquaculture now accounts for 14% of Canadian fisheries and 33% of its value. Over 8,000 Canadians are directly employed through Aquaculture. Atlantic Salmon are the most dominant species farmed in Canada. In B.C. two species of Pacific Salmon-Chinook and Coho- are also farmed. Salmon are farmed in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Nova Scotia. Salmon is one of the healthiest sources of proteins you can eat, regardless weather it’s farmed or wild. Health Authorities suggest that North Americans should be eating more healthy proteins such as seafood.
    Salmon numbers have been decreasing due to pollution, over fishing, predation and dam construction. If we all do our part we can create a healthier environment for our salmon

  6. #6 by Jaymes H on November 25, 2013 - 1:34 pm

    Salmon. Why Should We Care?

    Salmon. Why should we care? We should car because $3 billion in personal income is generated annually from the salmon fishing industry yearly. That’s a lot of money and if there wasn’t any salmon that money wouldn’t be there.
    Another reason is that I love to fish for salmon, and I know a lot of other people that love to fish. If there wasn’t any salmon you couldn’t fish for salmon.
    Third of all, salmon is one of the healthiest foods on earth!!! They also taste really good. Believe it or not but some vegetarians even eat salmon.
    If there was no salmon the whole ocean food chain would be messed up. All the sea lions, dolphins, orcas, sharks, and other fish would not have salmon to eat.
    Salmon are not only a profound component of the Northwest’s economy and identity, they have been a spiritual and cultural center of Native American tribes for thousands of years.
    Once a wild run is lost it will not return. Extinction is forever.

  7. #7 by Ross B on November 25, 2013 - 1:39 pm

    WHY SHOULD I CARE Ross B 11/13/13
    I should care about salmon because there are seven different kinds of salmon, they are also known as trout. Salmon’s family is known as Salmonidae. A popular salmon is the king or black mouth salmon. Chinook are the largest pacific salmon, there are over 30 pounds in BC. Chinook range all the way to the Mackenzie River and the Kugluktuk in Canada. Salmon fishing is spectacular in BC, if you don’t fish in BC you don’t know what fishing is. We take steps to reduce stress on our fish. Salmon are incredibly efficient eaters. Farmers work to protect wild salmon from sea lice. Salmon use there dorsal fin to swim, it is not eatable but it is really cool. That’s why salmon are important.

  8. #8 by Luke Bjelica on November 25, 2013 - 1:40 pm

    Salmon. Why Should We Care? Luke B.
    11/13/13
    Farmed salmon is BC’s largest agriculture product. Salmon farms employ thousands of workers in BC’s coastal region. Farmed salmon is the only way we can get fresh salmon. Farmed salmon is a healthy food choice that’s available all year round. Salmon farming is the most regulated agriculture industry is British Columbia. Farmed salmon are rich in heart-healthy omega 3 acids. Salmon farming provides economic and social benefits to First Nation people. Salmon are both a spiritual and cultural center of First Nation tribes. Human health depends on salmon. That is why we should care about salmon.

  9. #9 by Melaina M on November 25, 2013 - 1:41 pm

    Salmon
    Nov. 13th 2013 Why Should We Care? Melaina M.

    Salmon is an important part the food chain, and is also very important to the environment. It is a healthy choice, and provides animals, and humans, a variety of food. Many animals such as bears, eagles, and orca whales depend on salmon for much of their food.
    Salmon are also a big part of the economy. In 1986, Canadian aquaculture production amounted to only 10,488 tonnes, valued at $35 million; by 2006, production had grown to 171,829 tonnes with a value of over $912 million.
    The bodies of salmon represent a transfer of nutrients from the ocean, to the forest ecosystem. Bones and flesh of salmon that are left in forests by animals provide nutrients to the land.
    Salmon numbers have been decreasing due to high predation, over-fishing, loss of habitat, dam construction, and pollution. We need to save our salmon, and do something about this serious problem.
    If we all work together and help out, we can achieve our goal and save the salmon!

  10. #10 by Luke B on November 25, 2013 - 1:43 pm

    Salmon. Why Should We Care? Luke B.

    Farmed salmon is BC’s largest agriculture product. Salmon farms employ thousands of workers in BC’s coastal region. Farmed salmon is the only way we can get fresh salmon. Farmed salmon is a healthy food choice that’s available all year round. Salmon farming is the most regulated agriculture industry is British Columbia. Farmed salmon are rich in heart-healthy omega 3 acids. Salmon farming provides economic and social benefits to First Nation people. Salmon are both a spiritual and cultural center of First Nation tribes. Human health depends on salmon. That is why we should care about salmon.

  11. #11 by Luke B on November 25, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    Salmon. Why Should We Care? By Luke B.

    Farmed salmon is BC’s largest agriculture product. Salmon farms employ thousands of workers in BC’s coastal region. Farmed salmon is the only way we can get fresh salmon. Farmed salmon is a healthy food choice that’s available all year round. Salmon farming is the most regulated agriculture industry is British Columbia. Farmed salmon are rich in heart-healthy omega 3 acids. Salmon farming provides economic and social benefits to First Nation people. Salmon are both a spiritual and cultural center of First Nation tribes. Human health depends on salmon. That is why we should care about salmon.

  12. #12 by Marcy T on November 25, 2013 - 1:47 pm

    Why should we care about salmon? Marcy Tietzen
    We should care about salmon because they are important to the food chain. If they die, the whole food chain changes. Salmon hatcheries can provide many jobs for humans. We should also care about salmon because we live in B.C. and many salmon live in the Pacific Ocean, and every year they spawn. In order to spawn, they go from the ocean, to fresh water, which is quite the dramatic journey. Salmon are very healthy to eat. You can cook salmon, barbeque salmon and smoke salmon. Salmon are important for fisherman to make money (again good for jobs), but we need to be careful because if you fish too much, the salmon population will drop. There for we need to be very careful and protective about salmon. That is why we should care about salmon.

  13. #13 by Shayla S on November 25, 2013 - 1:47 pm

    Salmon: Why Should We Care Shayla.S

    How salmon are farmed is that the very best adult female salmon are chosen each year as breeding stock. Each female salmon lays about 10,000 salmon eggs, which are fertilized and incubated in the temperature-controlled tanks of fresh water hatchery. Once they hatch, the baby salmon are nurtured at the hatchery for up to 18 months. At this age, the young salmon then begin to smoltify. Once this process is complete the smolts – now about 12cm long and weighing 100g – are transferred from the hatchery to the net pens floating in the ocean. Over the next 18 months, the smolts grow into adult salmon with a harvest weight of about 4.5kg.
    4 Nutrition Facts about Salmon:
    ~ Atlantic salmon and sockeye salmon are rich in heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids.
    3 Economy Facts:
    ~ Salmon farming provides real economic and social benefits to first Nations People
    ~ Salmon farms employ thousands of workers in BC’s coastal region.
    ~The Canadian fishing industry is one of the most valuable in the world generating $5 billion a year and providing more than 120,000 jobs.
    2 Environmental Facts:
    ~ Salmon farming is the most regulated agricultural industry in BC.
    ~Salmon farmers work with scientists to maintain fish health.

  14. #14 by Matthew H on November 25, 2013 - 1:49 pm

    Salmon
    Why should we care?
    Salmon are a big part of the food chain if there was no salmon lots of things would die like killer wales. Salmon are a quarter of all human food at least half the food human eat is fish bears and cougar also eat fish. I would care if all fish died because I like fishing and seeing fish and it would take lots of people jobs like the people that work at the salmon hatchery. There is also people that don’t care about fish they wouldn’t even care if fish died .there is about 8000 people in the salmon industry

  15. #15 by Chris H on November 25, 2013 - 2:03 pm

    Salmon why should we care?

    Why should people care about salmon? The people should care because salmon produce food and other things for people and animals. Salmon are a good thing for life, salmon swim B.C. for food and other things like plankton and other fish. If there was no salmon you would be fishing up different kinds of fish in the ocean, rivers and lakes. Salmon are a big thing in our food chain because bears and other animals eat salmon. Salmon in lakes can produce so many fish a year that salmon can even feed a whole city of people.
    That’s why we should care about salmon.

  16. #16 by Sydney S on November 25, 2013 - 2:04 pm

    Salmon. Why should we care? By Sydney Stonehouse
    We should care about Salmon because salmon are important. They are important for the food chain. If they die, the food chain dies out. Also salmon are important for food. Humans and wildlife, such as bears, eagles, sea lions and more, all eat salmon. Another reason we should care about salmon is that people pay good money for salmon. The salmon industry also employs thousands of workers, examples are, fishermen and the fish hatchery workers. Lately salmon, along with their habitats are being threatened by fishing, climate and destruction of habitat. Now, because of that people are safe guarding the rivers and there is an organization that protects the wild salmon. Salmon are important, we should care.

  17. #17 by Carmen M on November 25, 2013 - 2:05 pm

    Salmon
    By: Carmen Miller
    Recreation fishing is very popular in B,C. In 2005 there was 319,400 license sales, 4 million angler-days of activity, $480 million in angler expenditures, and 8.2 million fish caught, of which 3/4were released. The average angler spent $120 per day, and caught 2.1 fish per day, a good fishing success rate. This is a chart that was created in 2005 to show the recreational fishing around B,C:
    British Columbia recreational fishing
    Angler active angler Kept All Angler
    ‘000 ‘000 ‘000 $Million

    Region

    1. Vancouver Island 32.2 461 154 675 829 39.6
    2. Lower Mainland 49.5 711 238 858 1,096 94.0
    3. Thompson-Nicola 64.9 702 395 902 1,297 84.8
    4. Kootenay 47.3 645 489 1,311 1,800 58.7
    5. Caribou 45.9 440 248 734 982 75.5
    6. Skeena 26.3 321 138 486 624 43.2
    7A. Omineca 25.1 273 220 491 711 32.4
    7B. Peace 6.1 69 34 118 152 7.1
    8. Okanagan 35.4 362 224 478 702 44.6
    British Columbia 270.8* 3,984 2,140 6,053 8,193 479.9

    There are lots of economic impacts from the $480 million in initial angler expenditures in 2005 were a GDP of $210 million, wages and benefits of $120 million, employment of 3,875 person-years, and tax revenues of $125 million.

    In the pacific, salmon are keystone species, supporting wildlife such as birds, bears, and otters. The bodies of salmon represent a transfer of nutrients from the ocean, rich in nitrogen, sulfur, carbon and phosphorus, to the forest ecosystem.

    Salmon is a popular food. Classified as an oily fish, salmon is considered to be healthy due to the fish’s high protein, high omega-3 fatty acids, and high vitamin D content. Salmon can be eaten smoked, candied, raw, cook it just to eat, fry it, and some people eat the eggs of the Salmon.

    Another reason we should care about salmon is it is a part of some food chains. An example of on is sun-zooplankton-krill-herring-salmon-grizzly bears. If you take salmon out of that some things will over populate of become extinct and under populate. Another example is, salmon eat shrimp, prawns, herring, and many more things without the salmon those things would not be eaten which would mean they would over populate. Whereas grizzly bears, seals otters, birds and human beings, would under populate. There are over 7 billion human beings on the earth, without salmon and other fish humans would not all be able to eat. Right now on earth there are already lots of people starving and dying from it, could you image what that would be without the ocean food.

    I like salmon and I chose to care about them, what about you, do you care?

  18. #18 by Ian P on November 25, 2013 - 2:07 pm

    Ian P. Salmon, Why Should We Care? November 13th

    We should care about salmon, because for one it is the second highest source of protein in the world. Also salmon carcasses are the primary food for aquatic invertebrates and fish. Right now the concerns are that salmon are facing serious threats due to climate change, headwater streams to open oceans, habitat loss and overfishing. Rising river temperatures are posing problems for salmon. Without salmon commercial and recreational and 60,000 people will lose their jobs. Did you know that a four ounce serving of salmon provides a full day requirement of vitamin D. aquaculture now accounts for 14 percent of total Canadian fisheries and production and 33 percent of its value. Over 8000 people are directly employed through aquaculture. People who eat salmon (in particular salmon) seem to be protected from host conditions.
    A few fun facts are that… Norway produces 33 percent of the world’s farmed fish. Chile produces 31 percent of the world’s farmed fish. Farmed salmon is the only way to get salmon all year round.

  19. #19 by Kristyn S on November 25, 2013 - 2:14 pm

    Why Should We Care About Salmon?
    People these days have very low regard for salmon and the water it lives in. Every year though, British Columbia spends millions of dollars on saving this very special species. This sometimes begs the question, “why should we care?”
    Well, in short, we should care about salmon because we depend on it. Maybe your family does not depend on the salmon industry for money, and you may not eat salmon every night for dinner, but you still depend on salmon more than you realize. In 1992, Pacific salmoids including trout, steelhead salmon and char supported commercial and recreational fishing that produced over $1 billion in personal income and more than 60,000 jobs in the region. Since then, the salmon industry has almost doubled.
    So now that you know about how much the salmon industry is worth, imagine we didn’t have the salmon industry. British Columbia would have about $2 billion less, and maybe 90,000 less job opportunities. Our provincial government would not have as much money, so British Columbia as a province would have to lower the budget for a different department. For the sake of this essay, let’s say that our provincial government took $2 billion from our education department. British Columbia might have to increase the cost to go to university, and a potential student cannot get a degree in a specific field because the cost of the university to get the degree is too expensive. That potential student might have gone on to be a very important surgeon who invents ways to fight cancer, and you and/or many other people may suffer or die because of not having those treatments.
    People depend on salmon for more than just money though. Over the last 3000 years, people worldwide have consumed more salmon than any other fish. Historically, no other animal has accounted for as much global protein consumption as the salmon. Without salmon, the world would not be able to feed people as much protein.
    Salmon also have an important role in the coastal ecosystem. Salmon play a critical role in the food chain for a variety of fish, mammal and bird species by bringing ocean nutrients into our watersheds. Salmon carcasses are also the primary food for aquatic invertebrates and fish. Really, the entire coastal food chain would suffer without salmon.
    Native people of the Pacific Rim not only depend on salmon for food, but as a critical component of traditional culture.
    As I have shown you in this essay, salmon are very important to us, but how can we help? Salmon are extremely sensitive to changes in water quality, trophic webs and upstream perturbations to the river flow, turbidity and temperature. We can help by keeping our waters clean and pure by not dumping our waste into streams, rivers or oceans. If you see a piece of garbage near a waterway, pick it up and throw it in a trash can. Although we cannot fix global warming completely, we can do our part in being as green as possible.
    If we all contribute, we may be able to help keep our salmon intact.

  20. #20 by Jenna M on November 25, 2013 - 2:17 pm

    Salmon why should we care
    . Salmon are very valuable for recreational fisheries
    . Tribal fisheries for ceremony, subsistence, and commerce
    . Role
    . Endangered Species Act listings
    . In aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems
    . Symbols of a suite of values including clean, flowing water and healthy forests
    . Key role in regional fisheries management, land use practices, and water management
    This essay is a response to the question: “Why choose salmon as a focus of conservation efforts?”
    The first question of “why salmon?” can only be answered if we first ask, “Why salmon for what outcome?” I suggest this outcome be a system of healthy and protected coastal ecosystems along the northern Pacific Rim, from California to Korea.
    I am defining “coastal” as draining into the Pacific Ocean and “ecosystem” as a watershed or basin, from headwaters to the sea. “Healthy “refers to a full complement or of biological diversity and ecosystem processes. “Protected” means that it has the highest chance of sustaining its health and productivity over time. There are many predators of salmon. Fish, snakes and birds eat salmon fry. Once in the ocean, salmon are prey to whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, other fish and, of course, humans. Bears and birds often scoop up spawning salmon too. Salmon farming is the most regricultated auricular industry in British Columba. Salmon farm locations are selected for their low environmental impact. Salmon farming provides real economic and social benefits to first nation’s people. Farmers work with scientists to maintain fish health. Salmon farms employ thousands of workers in BC’s coastal region. In the Pacific Northwest, Atlantic salmon have not taken over rivers forcing out native salmon.
    By Jenna Miller

  21. #21 by Cody O on November 25, 2013 - 2:26 pm

    Cody o. Salmon why should we care

    We should care about salmon because they are good to eat and they are nice fish. Salmon
    Canadian fishing is know 14% of total fisheries production and 33% of its value. Salmon
    fishing creates a lot of jobs for people like farm fishing commercial fishing sport fishing and
    fishing just for fun. Salmon is the common name for fish. They live in the northern Atlantic
    and Pacific oceans, and are anadromous, which means most types of salmon are born in fresh
    water, migrate to the sea, and return to freshwater to spawn. Salmon appearance varies greatly
    from species to species. Like chum salmon are silvery-blue with a few black spots on their
    sides. General Young salmon eat insets, invertebrates, and plankton adult fish eat other fish
    squid, eel and shrimp. Most salmon are anadromous fish that means they are born in freshwater. When the female reaches it will lay her eggs she makes a depression in the riverbank with her tail. And then she lays her eggs in the depression she made in the riverbank. Sometimes she might half to make more than one depression (up to seven).

    (FUN FACT)

    When the salmon are in fresh water they contain one color and when they are in salt water the change colors.

  22. #22 by Taylor K on November 25, 2013 - 2:29 pm

    Why Should I Care About Salmon? Taylor Kinley November 25, 2013
    We should care about salmon because, over 8000 employees are employed in aqua culture. Here are some economy facts farmed salmon is B.C’s largest agriculture product and a significant contributor to our local economies, another one is that salmon industry provides around $3 billion per year. The types of salmon in the Pacific Ocean are, chum, chinook, pink, Coho, sockeye, and steal head trout. Did you know many salmon are anadromous- this means they live in the salt water of the ocean but they return to their native streams to spawn. An interesting fact about salmon, is that salmon are rich in essential vitamins and can decrease the risk of coronary disease and certain cancer. Another fact about salmon is that for every kilogram of a salmon’s weight 1500-1600 eggs are layed. The term “salmon” comes from the Latin salmo, which in turn may have originated from salire meaning “to leap”. Salmon are also food for other animals these animals are eagles, otter, and bears. Here are some more facts, an average weight for a salmon is 7 kg. Farmed salmon is a healthy food source that’s available all year around. Salmon is a great source of protein, also salmon is omega 3. That’s why we should care about salmon.

  23. #23 by jayden w on November 25, 2013 - 2:47 pm

    Salmon
    Why should we care?
    We should care because there are seven species of pacific salmon, plus freshwater species

    There are six stages of the salmon life cycles: eggs, Alvin, fry, Smolt, adult and spawners
    Female salmon carry 2,500 to 7,500 eggs depending on the species and size of the individual salmon. Each nest has between 500 and 1,200 eggs, and each female salmon has four or five nests.
    The salmon life cycle begins, and ends at the spawning process in fresh water. The female chooses a site for her nests, called a redd, and builds one to several in the gravel with her tail. She then deposits her eggs into the nest and one or more males fertilize the eggs. The female then covers the eggs with gravel and repeats the process. Adult salmon guard the redd site until their death.

    The people that fish care about salmon because well first of all they are tasty and second of all well they are dying out. People that don’t fish don’t really care about salmon like for example city people some of them don’t even know what salmon are because they don’t live near an ocean but city people should care because if the salmon die out it will be an unhealthy environment.
    – -Five species are found in B.C. waters: sockeye, pink; chum, Coho, and chinook,
    – Two species of pacific salmon, masu, and amago, are only found in Asian waters
    – The rainbow trout, steelhead and cutthroat are part of the genus, but are primarily freshwater fish

  24. #24 by Ally C on November 25, 2013 - 2:51 pm

    Why should we care about salmon?

    There are many reasons why we should care about salmon. One of them are for economic reasons. Salmon farms employ thousands of workers in B.C.’s coastal region. Commercial fishing-related jobs account for nearly 75 percent of local jobs. Salmon is BC’s largest agri product and a significant contributor to our local economies.

    Another reason is that salmon are a great source of protein and omega three. Salmon play a critical role in the food chain for a variety of fish, mammal and bird species by bringing ocean nutrients into our watersheds. Salmon are rich in essential vitamins and can decrease the risk of coronary disease and certain cancer.
    Over the last 3,000 years, people worldwide have consumed more salmon than any other fish. Historically, no other animal has accounted for as much global protein consumption as the salmon. The wide-ranging and complex life histories of salmon makes them vulnerable to impacts from headwater streams to the open ocean.
    That’s why we should care about salmon.

  25. #25 by Hailey Shigeoka on November 25, 2013 - 2:55 pm

    Salmon. Why should we care?
    Salmon is BC’s largest agriculture product and a significant contributor to our local economies. Salmon farms also employ thousands of workers in BC’s coastal region and without salmon, all those people would be without jobs.
    In the Pacific Northwest, salmon population numbers are dropping. Logging in areas around streams reduce the shade and nutrients that are available to the stream and increases the amount of silt or dirt in the water which can choke out the developing salmon eggs. Dams can also cause fish to die from the shock of going through the turbines.
    Salmon are extremely important in the functioning of their ecosystems. They provide food for predators and scavengers including seals, whales, otters, bears, birds and others. Salmon also transport essential nutrients from the marine environment to freshwater and terrestrial habitats.

    Hailey S.
    Division 1- Grade 7

  26. #26 by Willemijn P. on November 25, 2013 - 2:59 pm

    Salmon
    Why should we care?
    Willemijn P. November 13.2013
    We should care about salmon because, Salmon give off a great source of food and fibers for humans and we would not be able to feed our whole population without salmon. There are also other animals that depend on salmon as part of their diet, these animals are bears, birds, whales/ orcas, dolphins, sea lions, seals, and large fish.
    The salmon industry also creates tons of jobs, it creates 3600 direct and 4000 indirect jobs. The Salmon industry makes $426 million in B.C. alone, and Canada makes around $3 billion through the Salmon industry.
    The types of Salmon that live in the Pacific Ocean are Sockeye, pink, chum, chinook, and trout, and out of those species sockeye and chinook have the biggest families in the Pacific Ocean. When Salmon die they become a great source of nutrients for the environment, and other organisms.
    Those are the reasons why I think we should care about Salmon.

  27. #27 by Morgan L on December 9, 2013 - 2:43 pm

    Salmon- why should we care
    By: Morgan Labree
    You may not eat salmon or think they are discussing and scaly. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care. So I hope by the end of this essay you will realize that we depend on salmon more than you think.
    Salmon make a big difference on our economy. Salmon industries provides around $3 billion a year, and $426 million in B.C. alone. In 1992, pacific for example, trout, steelhead, salmon, and char supported commercial and recreation fishing industries that produced over $1 billion in personal income and more than 60,000 jobs in the region. Did you know that farmed salmon is B.C.s largest agriculture product and a significant contributor to our local economies?
    It’s not just us who depend on salmon, the animals do too. Salmon is a big part of our food chain, many different types of animals eat salmon for example, bears, birds for example eagles, seals, sea lions, dolphins, whales, and large fish. We eat salmon as well. Salmon have tons of protein, and omega 3. Salmon are the best species indicator of our ecosystem of health. There are many different salmons such as; Chinook, Sockeye, Coho, Chum, Pink, and spring. That’s just B.C. alone.
    So why should we care? Well……… why not?

  28. #28 by hunter on January 16, 2014 - 11:55 am

    SALMON
    Salmon are important because they eat bugs and dead stuff like poop. And people eat them because they taste good. Salmon are also important because they are kinda like scavengers of the sea. They also feed other animals like bears and seals and meglodons. Those are only a few reasons why salmon are important.

  29. #29 by jayden on January 16, 2014 - 11:56 am

    Why Salmon are important

    Salmon are important because the supply food for a lot of people. If you smoke salmon it will last for a really long time and it tastes super. Salmon are good for trees when eagles drop them it fertilizes them.

  30. #30 by Kate C on January 16, 2014 - 11:58 am

    Why Salmon are Important

    Salmon are fish that hatch in a river and then go out to sea to live their life. When they are ready to lay their eggs the salmon go back to the river they hatched at, and lay their eggs. This is called the salmon cycle and it is one of the things that makes salmon so important. Since a cycle never ends unless the species is wiped out salmon have been around for a long time and have fed many people long ago. Another reason why salmon are so important is when the salmon lay their eggs and they hatch, only about two out of five hundred live to survive, and come back to their river to lay. We need to try to protect salmon because of this. Salmon are a huge part of the food chain, they feed you and me, they fed the Natives/First Nations and they feed a lot of animals. Another thing that happens when salmon lay their eggs, is right after they will die, and start to decompose. The decomposition of salmon is very good nutrients for the earth, and it helps trees and plants grow. Salmon have super senses they can find their way back home from when they were a little baby fish, salmon can also tell when something is close or far away from them because of the lateral line on their side and the vibrations in the water. That is why these wonderful fish are important.

  31. #31 by shellby on January 16, 2014 - 12:00 pm

    Why are salmon important?
    Have you ever thought that you might be eaten by a bear? Well salmon will feed the bear so that it won’t eat you. Salmon play an important role in our ecosystem and in biodiversity. Salmon are very delish to eat; I recommend smoked salmon. When these fish die they give nutrients to the trees as they decompose. Salmon also have a role in the food chain. They eat bugs, they get eaten by bigger fish, human and bears and some die of natural reasons or just don’t make it the trees eat them.

  32. #32 by Alexis on January 16, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    Why are salmon important?

    • Food
    • Feeds other animals
    • Puts nutrients for the trees
    • Part of the animal food train
    • They can be put in the compost
    • Can make lots of family’s
    • Can use the eggs of scales for healthy soup
    • Fisherman use these for bate or even to catch
    • Never put these fish in the garbage because it will stink if its cooked or raw
    • People freeze the bones or freeze the carcasses
    • Dogs like to chew on the bones
    • Cats like to eat the salmon
    • Salmon are part of biodiversity
    • The help the earth’s ecosystem
    • The salmon make a lot of jobs for different people
    • The salmon help the fisherman have food on their tables in fishing season
    • People like to have them for small pets when they are super , super small { like just fry }

    Salmon
    Salmon are important because they provide food for lots of family’s and animals so then bears or wolf’s can eat what they need to or people like us eat salmon for nutrient’s. Salmon also is a big part in the food chain. Another thing that salmon are good for is education in young brains that still have a joy for salmon and taking care of the salmon but when you get about older I think you start losing your interest {for some people not all}. Salmon also put nutrient’s and health into tree’s so then people can cut them down and mill workers can make paper for children to draw on. And lose are some of the reasons why salmon are important.

  33. #33 by Geoffrey on January 16, 2014 - 12:06 pm

    Geoffrey Hodgins Why Salmon are Important? 01/08/14
    • We eat them
    • They are living
    • They are part of the food chain
    • They are a good food source to other living things
    • They feed black bears, and grizzly bears
    • They feed animals so they won’t get sick and get mad and try to hurt you.
    • Humans go fishing for salmon
    • If the salmon die it could kill other animals because they won’t be getting enough food
    • The salmon are really important to the BEARS.

    Why salmon are important
    One reason salmon are important is because bears eat them. Bears might not be able to survive if we didn’t have salmon. Also humans like salmon because it tastes good. We can eat smoked salmon, and baked salmon. There is also other animals that eat salmon so if the salmon aren’t here anymore the other animals won’t have much food to survive. Also other sea creatures like to eat salmon. The whales like to eat salmon. But if the salmon die out it won’t affect the whales. Right now the salmon population is increasing and decreasing. But it’s decreasing more than it’s increasing. In japan there is a radiation leak and it’s starting to affect the salmon and other creatures in the Pacific Ocean. If we stop global warming it would help a lot but that’s not possible because it’s the carbon dioxide that’s causing it and the cars, planes, and boats release carbon dioxide and if we did stop it, it would take a very long time.

    By Geoffrey Hodgins

  34. #34 by ben on January 16, 2014 - 12:08 pm

    Why salmon are important

    Salmon are important because they keep many things living. They are also an important part of the food chain. Most bears get ready for high eburnation by eating salmon. When you go to a creek and salmon are spawning there you problebly see a sign of a bear and lots of birds many dead fish on the shore and the left over salmon part and other things. These parts and things decompose and help the land around it grow and create fresh air. When the fries go out to the ocean they grow up and ocean predators will eat them digest them and poop them out that will feed kelp and other thing.

  35. #35 by Heidi on January 16, 2014 - 12:10 pm

    Salmon are important because they give animals something to eat and because they are a huge part of the food chain. When you go down to the creek when salmon are spawning, you may see huge black bears, and maybe even seagulls. Salmon aren’t only good to eat, they are very healthy. It is very great that the salmon can be easily composted, and it gives the plants nutrients and fertilizers for the garden. Salmon lay many eggs at a time, so it can be very easy to get more salmon in the sea and rivers. Salmon are nice because they make healthy, delicious, tasty meals that people can eat. I love a warm fresh cooked salmon, fresh from the sea. When you buy salmon in the grocery store, we are helping the store get money. So it is very helpful for them. When I have a day when I’m bored, me and my parents friends will go fishing for salmon, we try to go on a sunny day. We always have lots of fun catching large fish. When we catch a salmon we always bring it home and clean it, then we cook it for dinner. The huge salmon feeds our whole family with a bit left over. We love the taste and we think they are cool looking. That’s what I have to say about Salmon, and what people think of them! 🙂

  36. #36 by isabelle on January 16, 2014 - 12:14 pm

    Salmon
    This fish is not just a fish, it’s the dinner of lots of animals. When a bear eats the salmon, it will rip it apart, eats what it wants, than will leave all the remaining’s to be composted. When it’s composted it goes into the soil and helps trees and plants grow big and strong and it helps the environment. People use salmon too. We use it to sell and trade, we trade it for lots of things, and sell it for money. We also eat salmon. We fry it, we smoke it, put it in the oven, we also cook it over a fire. But it’s not just the fish We eat, we also eat the eggs. The salmon helps the food chain and other animals live and stay intact.

  37. #37 by Amy on February 17, 2014 - 9:57 am

    Well, because salmon help us live and not just humans animals too. Salmon are very important because they help our trees and how this is because bears or eagles grab the fish and eat it. But not all of it so it turns into compost and it helps the plants and trees that gives us oxygen and shade. Who helps all the beautiful animal in world are salmon.they are bears, eagles, hawk, whales, seals, detrivores, decomposes and us humans. There are also jobs like fish markets, processing, fish hatchery people and commercial fishermen. I hope you like my paragraph on salmon.

  38. #38 by Brooklyn on February 24, 2014 - 2:02 pm

    Salmon are a big part in our coastal ecosystem.
    Bears need the salmon for food, if there were less salmon the bears would get less food to feed themselves. When the fish die what’s left behind gets composted into the ground and makes nutrients for the trees and plants. Tourism is also a big part. The people come to see the wildlife and the salmon. If we had no salmon than it would affect many different animals. For instance, if we had less salmon than when some die the plants wouldn’t get enough nutrients and that means that the deer wouldn’t get any grass or plants any they would die.

    We need the salmon in many ways, like for the animals and plants. If the salmon die many other animals wold die too so, lets keep our ecosystem clean and nice for the salmon and all of our animals.

  39. #39 by Darby on March 4, 2014 - 12:47 pm

    Salmon are an essential part of our ecosystem. Without salmon our whole ecosystem would fall apart. Salmon provide food for other organisms, because when a salmon dies it will decompose, and all the nutrients that was inside its body is now in the ground and it will help plants grow, So than the animals can eat the plants. But some animals will just be like “I just don’t care” and just snatch a salmon out of a creek and eat it. Salmon also help with jobs, like chefs, commercial fishermen, people who run tours, people who work at a fish hatchery, and many more. Salmon also eat smaller fish so that to satisfy their hunger and so the smaller fish don’t overpopulate. So thats some reasons why we should care about salmon because if we don’t, these poor little guys lives will be a lot harder.

  40. #40 by Kate on March 4, 2014 - 12:53 pm

    Salmon help our community in many ways. Salmon give lots of jobs for people. People work in processing factories, giving tours, selling fish, serving the fish, fishing the fish and hacking the fish. They are all important things that the salmon takes part in. Salmon also give lots of nutrients to the soil that help grow trees and plants. They also give nutrients to the plants which give nutrients to the animals that are herbivores. Dead fish along the creek or river banks are food for bugs like snail which eat the dead fish. Salmon is one of our most important food for on land animals, aquatic animals, bugs and humans. You can see that they are very important and with out them, there would be not many trees, a lot less jobs, a lot less animals and bugs and not much food for us. Therefore salmon are one of our most important fishes, and a big part of our ecosystem.

  41. #41 by Morgen on March 4, 2014 - 12:57 pm

    Salmon are helpful, not only for the environment but also for humans. Salmon cam be food whether fresh (humans) or old (birds,insects,etc) either way everyone is happy except maybe the salmon. When they decompose, they are very helpful to the environment, like they make really good fertilizer for the trees, which also creates a habitat for animals like birds and bugs. Salmon eat other fish like herring, shiners, and minnows which plays a big part of our food chain, because if there were too many of those little fish the organisms lower in the food chain wouldn’t flourish as much. Having salmon in some smaller communities is a good way to make more jobs, so having salmon creates jobs like working at the fish hatchery, being a commercial fisherman, grocery stores, restaurants and so on.

  42. #42 by Ella on March 4, 2014 - 1:00 pm

    Salmon help our whole ecosystem! When they die, their bodies decompose into fertilizer and nutrients which help out trees! Salmon also help other creatures eat such as: bears, whales, seals, birds and humans. Tourism is also another piece of our salmon puzzle, people come to hatcheries and go to the beach and see dead salmon and see them in the hatchery! Salmon give us jobs, for example: Jobs at the hatchery and we see salmon in the seafood section at Safeway! Also they help restaurants; I’m not a fan of fish and chips but I sometimes eat salmon! Salmon are a bigger part of the ecosystem then we think.

  43. #43 by Gillian on March 4, 2014 - 1:02 pm

    Salmon are a very important part of our ecosystem. Salmon feed other animals like bears,birds,whales,seals,insects(mosquitos,flies etc), and of course us humans.
    Salmon also feed the deer,but the deer don’t eat the salmon in general, when a salmon dies it fertilizes the grass and the deer eat the salmon by eating the grass. Salmon are also very important to us because they eat those annoying pesky bugs,like mosquitos,and even though that just helps us just a little it makes a big difference. I hope you enjoyed my paragraph about why we should care about salmon.

  44. #44 by Kya on March 4, 2014 - 1:03 pm

    There are many reasons why salmon play an essential role in our ecosystem. For instance, without salmon ,there would be a huge drop in food sources for native species such as bears, birds, whales, seals, humans as well as other fish. Who all rely on salmon for food and nutrients. Without salmon, many people would be out of jobs, people who work at hatcheries, commercial fisherman, people who process salmon and people who work at grocery stores or markets or at restaurants. Salmon are also a big part of tourism which helps raise money for our community. Also, when salmon die, they decompose and become fertilizers for trees, grass and other plants which then becomes food for animals such as deer and rabbits who eat the grass or birds and squirrels who live in the trees. There would also be overpopulation of many organisms that salmon eat such as herring , krill , minnows and squid , without salmon. All in all, salmon help humans , animals and plants in many ways and are very useful and helpful creatures.

  45. #45 by Luke on April 30, 2019 - 5:32 am

    Hi i was on this site to see if i could find examples for my speech (persuasive)
    you guys were my main source
    thanks!
    -Luke

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