As wildfires worsen, wild salmon take a hit

By Marc Fawcett-Atkinson
National Observer
July 9, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Salmon have long adapted to wildfires by spawning in parts of rivers untouched by the fires. But the extreme wildfires are leaving fewer islands of habitat intact, making it impossible for the fish to lay their eggs. Now, wild salmon are facing a growing threat from the proliferation of hotter, larger fires, and fisheries experts warn more needs to be done to ensure they aren’t wiped out. …With climate change poised to exacerbate the number of large, intense wildfires in decades to come, Jason Hwang, chief program officer and vice president of the Pacific Salmon Foundation said compiling existing information about how to help salmon thrive could be useful to people trying to restore burned land. The goal is not to tell people what they should do; the intent is to help them decide how best to include salmon in their restoration work.

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