About half of Pacific salmon populations are in some state of decline.
The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), an independent advisory panel, has assessed Sakinaw Sockeye Salmon as endangered (2016), Interior Fraser Coho as threatened (2016), Okanagan Chinook as endangered (2017), and of 24 units of Fraser Sockeye 8 as endangered; 2 as threatened; 5 of special concern; 9 not at risk (2017).
Pacific salmon encounter myriad challenges during their unique lifecycles involving seasonal migrations through both freshwater and marine environments. Factors negatively impacting Pacific salmon include: climate change, habitat degradation, land and water pressures, pollution and major events such as the landslide at Big Bar along the Fraser River.
Yet, Pacific salmon are resilient by nature. They’ve been adapting for millennia.
Humans can tackle many of these challenges facing our iconic salmon right now. Through a shared vision, major funding, communication, and coordinated action, Pacific salmon can recover.