Sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka)
|Also known as:||Red salmon|
- There are about 93 independent and reproductively isolated subpopulations of sockeye salmon.
- Born in lakes and rivers, sockeye salmon migrate to the ocean after 1-3 years. At maturity, they return to their natal freshwater habitat to spawn.
- In the ocean, sockeye salmon are bluish back with silver sides. While spawning, they turn bright red with green heads.
- The population of sockeye salmon called “Kokanee” lives its entire life within freshwater.
The sockeye salmon is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1).
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IUCN Red List (July, 2012)