Conservation status of British Columbia salmonids

British Columbia hosts 22 species of native and introduced salmonids. This list reflects the conservation status of British Columbia salmonids. Status from BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer.[1] Status definitions from NatureServe.[2]


Provincial status (S)Edit

  • X = presumed extirpated
  • H = historical (species)/possibly extirpated (communities)
  • 1 = critically imperiled
  • 2 = imperiled
  • 3 = special concern, vulnerable to extirpation or extinction
  • 4 = apparently secure
  • 5 = demonstrably widespread, abundant, and secure.
  • NA = not applicable
  • NR = unranked
  • U = unrankable

B. C. ListEdit

  • Red: Includes any indigenous species or subspecies that have, or are candidates for, extirpated, endangered, or threatened status in British Columbia. Extirpated taxa no longer exist in the wild in British Columbia, but do occur elsewhere. Endangered taxa are facing imminent extirpation or extinction. Threatened taxa are likely to become endangered if limiting factors are not reversed. Not all Red-listed taxa will necessarily become formally designated. Placing taxa on these lists flags them as being at risk and requiring investigation.
  • Blue: Includes any indigenous species or subspecies considered to be of special concern (formerly vulnerable) in British Columbia. Taxa of special concern have characteristics that make them particularly sensitive or vulnerable to human activities or natural events. Blue-listed taxa are at risk, but are not extirpated, endangered or threatened.
  • Yellow: Includes species that are apparently secure and not at risk of extinction. Yellow-listed species may have red- or blue-listed subspecies.
  • Exotic: Species that have been moved beyond their natural range as a result of human activity. Exotic species are also known as alien species, foreign species, introduced species, non-indigenous species and non-native species. Exotic species are excluded from the Red, Blue and Yellow Lists as a Provincial Conservation Status Rank is not applicable (i.e. SNA).

Status by speciesEdit

Species Provincial Status[3] B.C. List[4]
Arctic cisco Coregonus autumnalis S1,S2 (2010) Red
Arctic grayling Thymallus arcticus S4 (2004) Yellow
Atlantic salmon Salmo salar SNA Exotic
Broad whitefish Coregonus nasus S2, S3 (2010) Blue
Brook trout Salvelinus fontinalis SNA Exotic
Brown trout Salmo trutta SNA Exotic
Bull trout Salvelinus confluentus S3, S4 (2011) Blue
Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha S4 Yellow
Chum salmon Oncorhynchus keta S5 Yellow
Cisco Coregonus artedi S2 (2010) Red
Coho salmon Oncorhynchus kisutch S4 (2000) Yellow
Cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarki clarki & clarki subspecies S3, S4 (2004) Blue
Dolly Varden trout Salvelinus malma S4 (2011) Yellow
Inconnu Stenodus nelma S3 (2010) Blue
Lake trout Salvelinus namaycush S4 (2004) Yellow
Lake whitefish Coregonus clupeaformis S5 (2010) Yellow
Mountain whitefish Prosopium williamsoni S5 (2010) Yellow
Pink salmon Oncorhynchus gorbuscha S5 Yellow
Pygmy whitefish Prosopium coulterii S4 (2010) Yellow
Rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss - large lake piscivore ecotype S4 (2011) Yellow
Rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss S5 (2004) Yellow
Round whitefish Prosopium cylindraceum S4 (2010) Yellow
Sockeye salmon Oncorhynchus nerka S4 (2000) Yellow
Westslope cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarkii lewisi S3 (2004) Blue


  1. ^ "BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer". British Columbia Ministry of Environment. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  2. ^ "National and Subnational Conservation Status Definitions". Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  3. ^ Provincial Status applies to a species' or ecological community's conservation status in British Columbia. The number in parenthesis is the year the status rank was last reviewed. "Help-Provincial Conservation Status".
  4. ^ B.C. List Status: Species are assigned to provincial lists depending on their Provincial Conservation Status "Help-B.C. List Status".