VANCOUVER (AP) The Vancouver Islands have been the focus of a growing movement to protect salmon fishers and their habitat, but the move is still controversial.
A recent report found more than 80 per cent of the Pacific Northwest’s salmon stocks have been lost to overfishing in the past decade.
In a survey of fish stocks across the region, the Vancouver Aquarium said the population of Chinook salmon was down more than 70 per cent since 1980.
The aquarium also found there were less Chinook than the last census in 1992.
The Chinook is one of the most abundant marine species in the world, with more than 100 species, including blue, gold and red snapper, white perch, and herring.
The salmon fisheries of the region are critical to salmon survival.
They are essential for the survival of salmon, a key food source for people and for many fisheries.
The fish that make up the Chinook have been targeted for destruction by overfishery since the early 20th century.
The salmon have become a symbol of the environmental damage that has been wrought on the region’s fish stocks, but they also represent a unique and valuable resource for salmon hunters.
The last census took place in 1990, and the fish stocks in the region have decreased in a dramatic manner.
The Vancouver Aquaria’s report shows there are fewer Chinooks than at any time in the last 40 years.
It also said the Chinooks are disappearing at a rate of more than 50 per cent.
But the Vancouver Island Salmon Federation says the population is much higher than the aquarium found.
Its president, Tim Roch, says there are now nearly 1,500 Chinooks in the Pacific, but that’s still a tiny number compared to the vast amount of fish there are in the ocean.
The group’s president, Peter Bader, said he’s seen the population grow from around 5,000 in the 1980s to about 25,000 today.
Bader said it’s hard to know exactly how many Chinooks live in the wild.
But he said the numbers indicate the Chinukos are losing out.
Bader said the fish that survive are in poor condition, but he said Chinooks can be extremely difficult to kill because of their size.
The Aquarium’s survey showed that the fish were also facing the biggest declines in the entire region.
The report said that between 1993 and 2013, Chinook populations in the Fraser River were down 70 per.cent.
That is nearly a quarter of the population.
The area south of Vancouver, where the Chinoks live, also saw the largest decline, with the population dropping nearly 60 per cent between 1993 to 2013.
The study also found that the Chinokas were losing fish faster than the rest of the salmon population.
That decline was partly because of habitat destruction, Bader says, as well as habitat loss caused by commercial fishing.
In addition to habitat destruction and pollution, there’s also increased pollution in the Chinoke Strait and Pacific Ocean due to human activity.
Baker said Chinook fishermen are being forced to compete for resources with Chinook.
They’re not being able to fish in the traditional way that they used to.
Barter said the Pacific salmon population has been severely impacted by over-fishing and habitat destruction.
The species is currently being threatened with extinction by overhunting, overfished salmon, pollution, over-use of nets, and habitat degradation, he said.
Barker said the fishing industry is also contributing to the decline of Chinooks by overcutting the habitat and killing the fish.
He said there are some areas of the Fraser where Chinook are growing rapidly, and he thinks there’s a chance the fish may even be able to reproduce in the future.
The Pacific Chinook can be found in the western Pacific Ocean, including the far western and northern tip of British Columbia.
They’re also found in Alaska, California, British Columbia and the northern Rockies.