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  Information About The Fish Below Us While Kayaking 



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Ocean Kayaking and The Fish Species Of B.C.

ALL ABOUT FISH

 

British Columbia is one of the world’s most popular destinations among anglers and there is one fish that is likely the reason. Salmon. Salmon have long been vital to the livelihood of British Columbia’s people, with First Nations People feasting on salmon for hundreds of years. There are five species of salmon that are indigenous to our waters and they are Chinook, coho, sockeye, pink and chum salmon. The feeding grounds for Chinook and coho salmon are situated all along our coastline, creating countless spots year-round for the recreational fisherman. Millions of Pacific salmon also run through our rivers each year on their spawning migrations. This not only attracts anglers but bald eagles and other wildlife that are fierce predators to the salmon. Salmon are so important to our ecosystem in so many respects that the forests of British Columbia have been named The Salmon Forest. This is because salmon bring vital nutrients back into the soil when Bald eagles and bears bring their carcasses to land and the remains decompose, fixing valuable nutrients into the soil allowing the growth of plants and trees to flourish.

The Halibut population in our waters is also abundant, adding to the draw of the area among anglers. Those planning to fish on their trip can also hope for luck catching Red Snapper, Cod and Dungeness crab. We encourage fishing on our trip and if you catch the fish, we would be happy to have our crew’s chef grill it up for you that night. Some of our best meals have come by way of our clients’ fishing savvy and we invite anyone with a rod to take advantage of fishing some of the world’s best saltwater for salmon and halibut.

Sport fisherman are not the only people who have realized the treasures within our waters and because of this, commercial fishing is a multi-million dollar industry off our shores. Much of the world’s salmon and halibut are caught in commercial fisheries here and while the fisheries have brought some jobs to the region, they have also brought controversy. Over-fishing throughout the region is seen as a direct threat to the eco-system, affecting the food supply that many of our animals depend on. Most notably, over-fishing in the Johnstone Strait is said to be affecting the resident orca population that depends on plentiful salmon runs for their primary food source. Furthermore, the First Nations People that have fished these waters for many millennia are strongly opposed to the global fishing corporations depleting the salmon and halibut supply. These people have historically depended on these fish to sustain them and want to assure that that will be the case for their future generations. At the rate that commercial fisheries are capturing fish, this may not be the case.

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