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COSEWIC assessment and status report on the coho salmon (Interior Fraser population) in Canada

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Assessment Summary

Assessment Summary – May 2002

Common name:
Coho Salmon (Interior Fraser population)

Scientific name:
Oncorhynchus Kisutch

Status:
Endangered

Reason for designation:
A nationally significant population that has experienced declines in excess of 60% in number of individuals due to changes in freshwater and marine habitats and to overexploitation. COSEWIC was concerned that reductions in fishing pressure may be insufficient or not maintained, that marine survivorship may not improve, that habitat loss or deterioration in the watershed is continuing, and that use of hatcheries threatens recovery. COSEWIC concluded that there is a serious risk of extinction of Interior Fraser coho.

Occurrence:
British Columbia

Status history:
Designated Endangered in May 2002.