Bull Trout (Salvelinus confluentus)
Throughout their range, bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus)
populations are generally thought to be in a state of decline
and have been classified as ‘blue-listed’ by the
British Columbia Conservation Data Centre. The bull trout is
a blue-listed species because populations are declining throughout
its global range. Decline in British Columbia is due to habitat
degradation, disruption of migration patterns and over fishing.
Fisheries staff in the Omineca Region are currently conducting
research projects to determine the population status of this
important species in our area. The data collected by the research
projects will allow for directed management actions that either
requires implementation of a recovery strategy, maintenance of
the status quo, or the potential for an increase in angling opportunities.
Whatever the outcome, future management decisions will be based
on sound science resulting from the information gained from the projects conducted.
- Pillipow, R., and C. Williamson. 2004. Goat River bull trout
(Salvelinus confluentus) biotelemetry and spawning assessments
2002-03. B.C. Journal of Ecosystems and Management 4: 1-9.