The Pacific salmon has been designated the official provincial fish emblem to recognize their high ecological, cultural and economic significance to British Columbians.
“With the epic migration of Pacific salmon from B.C.’s rivers and streams to the ocean and back, there is no symbol more iconic of British Columbia,” said Environment Minister Terry Lake Saturday.
“Not only are Pacific salmon integral to the culture, well-being and livelihood of B.C.’s First Nations, they are often seen as indicators of overall ecosystem and wildlife health, and important to environmental sustainability,” Lake said. “Pacific salmon are also a significant economic driver in B.C. due to commercial and recreational fisheries.”