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Coho salmon.Coho salmon.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Salmon, Chum – British Columbia, Canada A fishery targeting this species has been certified as sustainable and well managed to the Marine Stewardship Council's environmental standard. Learn more at http://www.msc.org.

Chum Salmon is an anadromous fish, meaning it migrates from freshwaters to ocean waters to feed for several years and then back to freshwaters to reproduce. They are found in the North Pacific Ocean, with many distinct reproductive populations occurring along the coasts of North America and Asia. They reach sexual maturity between 3-5 years and have a short life span, reproducing only once and then dying.

In British Columbia, Chum Salmon abundance is currently low for most populations. Chum Salmon are caught upon their return to coastal waters to reproduce with drift gillnets, purse seines, and trolls. These gear types have minimal habitat impacts and typically low bycatch, but some threatened/endangered salmon species can be caught.

The Marine Stewardship Council has certified the Fraser, Inner South Coast and West Coast Vancouver Island BC Chum Salmon fisheries as sustainable and is in the process of assessing the North and Central Coast BC Chum Salmon fisheries against its standards. 

Full species report here.