Salmon

Summer Chinook salmon spawn in the Skagit river from August through October each year — Photo by Dave Bickford, courtesty of U.S. Forest Service

Summer Chinook salmon spawn in the Skagit river from August through October each year — Photo by Dave Bickford, courtesty of U.S. Forest Service

Salmon have long been the symbol and lifeblood of the people and species who call the Pacific Northwest home.  These iconic species are integral to our region’s culture, economy, and environment.  There are six salmon species, all of which are present in Cascadia.  These species are chinook, chum, coho, pink, sockeye, and steelhead (recently reclassified from the trout family to salmon).  Learn more about these species by clicking here.

Landscape stressors from human activities already threaten salmon populations in Cascadia.  Climate change impacts would further stress these salmon populations. Salmon are particularly sensitive due to their seasonally timed migration upstream to breed. Higher winter streamflows and earlier peak flows due to climate change would damage spawning nests, wash away incubating eggs, and force young salmon from rivers prematurely. Lower summer streamflows and warmer stream and ocean temperatures are less favorable for salmon.

Salmon are a conservation target of the Great Northern LCC in their Strategic Conservation Framework, and a priority resource of the North Pacific LCC in their Science and TEK Strategy.  In our first year, the forum recognized the high value of salmon by focusing on the charismatic sockeye salmon.  We continue to build off of that focus today by working with our fellows and our network to synthesize the many existing recovery plans and analyses for salmon throughout Cascadia, identify information gaps and barriers to implementation, highlight actions from partners on the ground, and share what we learn to the science planning ongoing with the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.

Click on the image above to view a short video hearing from partners in Cascadia working on salmon management and recovery as they speak to why it is important to them for our Partner Forum to make salmon a priority issue at this time.  This video was produced for our 2014 Cascadia Partner Forum WildLinks meeting.

Click on the image above to view a short video hearing from partners in Cascadia working on salmon management and recovery as they speak to why it is important to them for our Partner Forum to make salmon a priority issue at this time. This video was produced for our 2014 Cascadia Partner Forum WildLinks meeting.

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