NEWS RELEASE · 2nd June 2010
BC NDP Caucus
A motion put forward by New Democrat MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert would have the government declare pacific salmon as British Columbia's provincial fish.
"B.C. has an official flower, an official animal and an official bird. I think it is time to recognize pacific salmon for the key social, economic and cultural role they have in our province," said Chandra Herbert.
Chandra Herbert noted that British Columbia’s pacific salmon include chinook, coho, chum, pink, and sockeye, and each is equally important to the province.
"Whether it is the environmental importance of chum salmon as the main dish in our endangered orcas' diets, or the economic importance of abundant pink salmon and highly prized sockeye, each species of pacific salmon in our waters is a treasure with immeasurable value," said Chandra Herbert.
New Democrats are not alone in calling for pacific salmon to be named our provincial fish; prominent salmon activist and biologist Alexandra Morton and former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Iona Campagnolo have both made the same suggestion.
Carole James and the New Democrats are fighting for an environmental plan that respects communities, creates green jobs, offers families positive choices and commits to concrete action to protect species at risk.