Vancouver Island has some of the best fishing in the world.
aquatic vertebrate that have a skin covered with scales, two
sets of paired fins, some unpaired fins, and a set of gills.
Most fish are cold blooded animals that have a torpedo shaped
body that is adapted for
movement in water.
swordfish and a few shark species are warm blooded, not
cold-blooded. Rays are flat bodied fish that are not streamlined.
They move through the water like giant birds undulating their
broad pectoral fins that appear to be almost wing like.
Each fish species needs different habitats to carry out its life
habitat a species needs varies with its life stage. Typical life
functions include feeding, resting, hiding from predators, and
species like the pacific salmon, are important to the coastal
peoples both as a fishery and for tourism. The commercial
Pacific salmon industry, a key part of the growth and
development of the Province throughout the last 100 years,
remains important to coastal communities.
The recreational use
of the salmon industry for tourism brings in a much needed cash
flow to Vancouver Island communities.
Commercial harvesting of fish, both ground and salmon, is of
great economic importance to Vancouver Island. The modern
commercial fishery on the Pacific coast is in danger and must be managed in a
better fashion before it too collapses like the Atlantic fishery.