Pacific Salmon

Photo: Sockeye salmon swimming. Photo credit: Neil McDaniel

Sockeye salmon

Photo credit: Neil McDaniel

For thousands of years, the history, economy and culture of Canada's west coast have been inextricably linked to Pacific salmon. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is responsible for managing sockeye, pink, chum, chinook and coho salmon in a manner that balances conservation goals with Aboriginal, recreational and commercial fishing opportunities. Ongoing fisheries reform initiatives and commitments such as the Wild Salmon Policy will ensure the salmon resource exists far into the future.

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Gates Creek sockeye salmon: Survivors from an ancient time

Photo: Sockeye salmon spawn in the Gates Creek channel.

In late summer, with the air still hot and fragrant with the smell of pine needles, Gates Creek sockeye salmon return to their ancestral spawning grounds. This distinct salmon run makes up a small but important thread in the diverse tapestry that is the Fraser River salmon, playing its part in making this watershed the greatest salmon river in the world.

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