Where it Lives
After spending a year or so in freshwater, these fish head downstream and spend the next year to 8 years in the ocean, before returning to the spawning beds they were born in, to themselves spawn, restarting the cycle. After spawning is complete, they die.
Although its designation is controversial, there seems to be agreement that populations are a concern. Chinook Salmon, like all Pacific salmon, are effected by overfishing, pollutants, disease outbreaks and fish escapes from fish farms, warming water and fluctuating water levels related to climate change, hydroelectric projects and agricultural runoffs, to name some.
- BC Government
- BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer
- Fisheries Canada
- Canadian Wildlife Federation
What you can do
Visit the Spawning Channels, beside Lightfoot Gas and Splitrock, off Hwy 99 between Lillooet and Seton Lake.
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