British Columbia’s Skeena River is one of the great salmon rivers of the North Pacific. The river and its fish have supported indigenous peoples for thousands of years. More recently, the Skeena has earned world renown for its recreational fishery and magnificent wilderness setting. Yet, over the last century, fish populations have declined from overfishing, habitat alteration and, to an unknown degree, climate change. Development of mining as well as oil and gas resources may also pose threats to fish populations.
This book presents the first thorough review of the salmon stocks and fresh water species of the Skeena River. Initial chapters summarize the river’s environment, fish and fisheries, and following chapters examine the physical geography, development history, indigenous use and major salmon stocks of each of the watershed’s sub-basins. This volume makes available for the first time — to researchers, field biologists, fishermen and natural history enthusiasts — the published, and largely unpublished, literature on this productive salmon ecosystem.
Skeena River Fish and Their Habitat
7½ x 10 inches, 340 pages, ISBN 978-0-9779332-5-9
Published by Ecotrust
© 2008 Skeena Fisheries Commission, US $29.95 + shipping ($34.95 CAN)