The Cowichan Watershed is home to many fish species. This is a function of both the size of the watershed and its incredible ecological richness as habitat and in terms of nutrients.
The ecological health of the watershed is reflected in the health of its fish. It's a mutual relationship. Healthy fish make a healthy watershed, and vice versa.
Click here for a table listing the fish in the Cowichan Watershed. The table shows fish presence recorded in a number of streams and three lakes in the watershed, and indicates whether they are exotic/introduced species, and shows their BC Conservation and COSEWIC status.
On this page we look at a few representative fish of the Cowichan Watershed, including some "Salmonids", which are the most abundant and ecologially and economically the most important fish, at "Exotic/Introduced" species, and a couple of "Rare or Endangered" fish.
"Anadromous" is the term used to describe fish which spend some part of their lives in fresh water and some in salt water. Salmon are anadromous.