Salmon, Coho – BC (Sake, Ikura)
Coho Salmon are a fast-growing fish found throughout the North Pacific, and in British Columbia, Canada they are found in most coastal streams and rivers.
After spending 18 months at sea, adult Coho Salmon return to the stream in which they hatched to spawn and subsequently die. Survival of juvenile Coho Salmon in the ocean is greatly affected by environmental conditions. In recent years, survival rates have been low and most Coho Salmon populations in British Columbia are at low abundances. However, Canada has a good management plan in place to increase abundances of Coho Salmon.
In British Columbia, Coho Salmon are caught using gillnets, purse seines and troll gear. All fishing methods have little or no effect on the seafloor, but bycatch of seabirds and porpoises can be high in gillnets.