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Salmon dies after spawning

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by stack, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. stack

    stack Junior Member

    Reading the news about southern Okanagan's record sockeye salmon returns, these sockeye salmons die after spawning. What happens to the fish when it dies? Is it edible? Are people allowed to pick them up for dinner? Do bears, birds eat them?
  2. ema

    ema Full Member

    Eating dead fish isn't the greatest, but the salmon is still edible just it's not worth the money so fishermen don't catch them. I guess they decay or bears or birds pick at them. But generally fishermen catch male salmon, they're told to release the female salmon back and are fined if they don't do so (if they are caught). Dead fish doesn't taste good =/
  3. it's risky to eat carrion because you don't know the cause of death. you don't know when it died either, so the carcass could be teeming with decay bacteria

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