SOURCE: The Guardian

DATE: December 5, 2018

SNIP: Half of Canada’s chinook salmon are endangered, with nearly all other populations in precarious decline, according to a new report, confirming fears that prospects for the species remain dire.

The report by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada concluded that eight of the country’s 16 populations are considered endangered, four are threatened, one is of special concern and the health of two remain unknown.

Only one population, which spawns on the Thompson river in British Columbia, is believed to be stable.

Chinook salmon are also a critical source of food for the endangered south resident killer whale, which the federal government has spent millions of dollars attempting to protect.