Government of Canada announces an increase of $15 million annually to support Pacific Salmon
“We know that our wild salmon populations are facing urgent threats – from warming waters caused by climate change to the loss of important habitat that they migrate through. That’s why our government is working with partners to protect these at-risk salmon populations. Through these partnerships, I am confident that can make substantive progress together that will enhance our wild fish stocks and strengthen our fishing industry for today, and for generations to come.”
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
The Pacific Salmon Treaty is a bilateral Canada-U.S. Treaty first signed in 1985. The Treaty provides a framework for the two countries to work together on the conservation and management of Pacific salmon.
Salmon are a part of intricate food webs in both their freshwater and ocean environments, affecting everything from tiny zooplankton to large mammals like whales, bears, and birds of prey.
The five species of Pacific salmon are Chinook, Chum, Coho, Pink, and Sockeye.
Chinook salmon is a particularly important species on the West Coast; in addition to being a prey of choice for Southern Resident Killer Whales, it is culturally significant for many Indigenous communities in British Columbia and the Yukon and is an important part of recreational and sport fishing.
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