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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In Focus

Behind the scenes of a stellar pink salmon run

Photo: A female pink salmon prepares to spawn in the gravel of a restored side-channel.

The pink salmon run of 2013 has exceeded all expectations in many areas of the West Coast, with pinks in many rivers returning in numbers not seen in more than 50 years. Many people may think this was just a happy fluke of nature, but in reality, hard work and dedication has contributed to this remarkable recovery. A look at the Squamish River watershed demonstrates this.

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