Pacific Salmon are complex creatures and not surprisingly, salmon management can also be a real dive!
In 1994, Canada harvested 90,000 tonnes of wild Pacific salmon but that number decreased to 12,000 tonnes in 2000. The reason behind this incredible decline can only be a result of unfavourable ocean conditions. This is where Fisheries and Oceans Canada steps in with conservation and enhancement plans.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada collaborates with a variety of organizations including the Salmon Conservation Stamp and the Salmonid Enhancement Program’s salmon hatcheries, and community involvement initiatives. They are committed to maintaining healthy and diverse populations of salmon that will support sustainable fisheries now and meet the needs of the future generations.
Here are some ways you can help to protect salmon habitat:
- Reduce or eliminate pesticides and chemicals in your garden
- Water lawns and gardens carefully
- Plant trees; avoid landscaping plastic and limit use of bark mulch
- Read and follow the directions on any lawn and garden chemicals carefully and dispose of them properly
- Sweep walkways and driveways rather than hosing them down
- Keep your exhaust clean
- Fix leaky crankcases and transmissions
- Use low-phosphate soaps when you wash your car
- Recycle used crankcase oil
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