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Pink Salmon Festival at Kit's PointBy Pacific Salmon Foundation,
In a year that has been particularly challenging for salmon, the Pacific Salmon Foundation is asking for the public's help in celebrating the most abundant Pacific salmon species. This year about 16,000,000 'pinks' are forecasted to flood the Fraser River, yet pinks salmon are traditionally undervalued as a seafood source even though they are the most sustainable species.
On Sunday, August 30 from 12 pm to 4 pm, at Vanier/Haddon Park behind the Maritime Museum the Foundation will be serving up delicious and pink salmon barbeque available by donation and donated by Canadian Fishing Company. The barbeque will be prepared by executive chefs including Robert Clark (The Fish Counter), Rockin' Ronnie Shewchuk (barbeque expert) and Garrett Schack (Chateau Victoria). All barbeque will be available by donation with proceeds supporting community-led salmon conservation projects across British Columbia.
Good consumer choices help salmon
The message is that we, as consumers, have the power to ensure that salmon have a healthy future in British Columbia. This will be the Foundation's fourth Pink Salmon Festival. The festival is held every two years in celebration of the dominant Fraser Pink salmon return which occurs every two years on odd years. The festival will also feature a host of free family-friendly activities including free family photos (contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot), live music, face painting, interactive story-telling, educational displays and booths, and more.
The festival is sponsored by Canadian Fishing Company, Vancouver is Awesome and Minuteman Press.
Ten facts about Pink salmon
- Pink salmon are also called 'humpies' because the males develop humps during spawning season.
- Pink salmon are a little lower in fat content than other popular species of salmon such as sockeye, but are just as tasty.
- Pinks are arguably the healthiest type of salmon to consume because their short lifespan and immediate migration to the ocean gives them less opportunity to accumulate toxins and pollutants from the water.
- Pink salmon provide a direct food source to many species, including eagles, bear and sturgeon (about 130 species feed on salmon). The carcasses of adult salmon also provide essential nutrients for local plant life and aquatic insects.
- The sheer number of pink salmon also enhances the natural cleaning service performed by all salmon in brushing the surface of gravel beds. This is essential because clean gravel is needed for the next generation's salmon egg survival and for production of aquatic insects.
- Pink salmon are second only to coho salmon in their geographic distribution throughout B.C., and are especially important to coastal ecosystems of B.C.
- Pink salmon can return in very large numbers, so they can be sustainably harvested without damage to the overall resilience of the population.
- Pink salmon only return to the Fraser in substantial numbers in odd-years and this remains one of the great mysteries for the next generation of biologists.
- The pinks' position on the marine food chain allows them to have a smaller ecological "fin" print per fish, so consuming a pink salmon will make a smaller impact on the environment than consuming other species of salmon.
- Pinks are less expensive than other salmon, and are therefore more affordable for consumers.