Fishing and the surrounding commerce net about one billion Canadian dollars per year in the province. Much of that is on Vancouver Island. The commercial salmon industry is one of the biggest money generators as well. Many of the First Nation people also depend on the return of the salmon each year for a food fishery. Also under threat will be future years’ of salmon returns as the salmon are particular about where they breed and lay their eggs.
Salmon are the lynch pin in much of the ecology of BC. Animals depend on the high protein feast of the returning fish. Bears and wolves take dead fish into the woods to consume and discard uneaten meat and offal to fertilize the forest. When we lose a generation of salmon, the whole ecosystem suffers.
Climatologists have warned us that we can expect changes in our weather as the globe heats. Whether some areas experience tornados, torrential rains or drought it has been predicted. But it is a far cry to listen to a prediction and to live it.
For us on the west coast of Canada, this summer has been a strange one. Around the world, strange and dangerous weather may be the new normal.
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