Salmon, Chinook (Sake, Ikura) – BC
Chinook Salmon, also known as King Salmon, are the largest of the Pacific Salmon species, reaching weights of approximately 132 pounds and becoming sexually mature around four years of age.
Found throughout the North Pacific, Chinook Salmon complete large migrations of up to 1000 miles to return to their birth river, where they spawn and subsequently die.
In British Columbia, Chinook Salmon have a low abundance overall but managers have a strong framework in place that allows them to monitor abundances both during and after the fishing season.
Chinook Salmon are caught by trolls, purse seines and gillnets, fishing methods which cause little or no damage to the seafloor but seabirds and porpoises can be high in gillnets as bycatch.