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PSF STATEMENT: Government of Canada outlines next steps in transition from open-net-pen salmon farming in British Columbia

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June 22, 2022 Today, just before the vast majority of B.C. salmon farm licenses were set to expire, the Government of Canada has issued an update on their mandate to transition away from open-net pen salmon aquaculture in British Columbia. The…

PSF Community Bursaries spotlight – James Kennedy

The Stewardship Community Bursary is awarded to students in B.C. and the Yukon dedicated to the conservation and restoration of Pacific salmon. The intent is to reduce the financial barriers in order to support their career goal in salmon conservation.…

2022 Duncanby Fundraiser Tops Record to Support Percy Walkus Hatchery

After Covid either delayed or cancelled the two previously scheduled annual events, the Duncanby Lodge fundraiser was held in person June 4-7. With 100% of the proceeds supporting operational costs of the Percy Walkus Hatchery, this year’s…

Pacific Salmon Hatchery Review: weight and timing matter

Hatcheries were introduced in British Columbia in 1972 to help enhance salmon populations and conserve species at risk. Today B.C. hatcheries release approximately 300 million juvenile Pacific salmon each year. While hatcheries can support…

PSF invests $1.1 million to boost community-led salmon conservation efforts

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In spring of 2022, the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s (PSF’s) Community Salmon Program distributed more than $1.1 million in funding to 116 community-led salmon conservation, enhancement, and habitat restoration projects across British Columbia.…
Amy Romer

Salmon Health: Recent Studies Pack 1-2 Punch Against Open-net Salmon Farms

In May a study by PSF’s Dr. Andrew Bateman: New research indicates pathogen levels are 12 times higher near salmon farms was released. The research indicates that Fraser sockeye are much more likely to harbour the bacterial pathogen Tenacibaculum…
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New research indicates pathogen levels are twelve times higher near salmon farms

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Fraser River sockeye salmon more likely to carry Tenacibaculum maritimum near open-net salmon farms in the Discovery Islands. May 18, 2022 Vancouver, B.C. — New research indicates that Fraser sockeye were much more likely to harbour…
a fish farm in the Broughton Archipelago

Salmon Health research to advance thanks to North Family Foundation gift

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Vancouver, B.C. – The Pacific Salmon Foundation Salmon Health Program launches today thanks to a $450,000 donation from the North Family Foundation, led by long-time salmon advocates Rudy and Patricia North. The donation will advance critical…
Amy Romer

Salmon Health — PSF and the DFO research team

One of our core values at the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) is that we never go it alone. We work with partners — People for Salmon — across B.C. and the Yukon who share our passion and resolve to save and restore wild Pacific salmon. One…
A screenshot of the Pacific Salmon Explorer.

Columbia River salmon data now available in the Pacific Salmon Explorer

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The best publicly-available data for Pacific salmon in the Columbia River watershed is now available in the Pacific Salmon Explorer, an online data visualization tool developed by the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s (PSF) Salmon Watersheds Program,…
Photo credit: Tavish Campbell

Statement to Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans (FOPO): Open-net salmon farming in B.C.

The Pacific Salmon Foundation was invited to present at the recent Government of Canada Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans (FOPO). Pacific Salmon Foundation scientists Drs. Andrew Bateman and Brian Riddell provided the following statement…

The Strait of Georgia: Submerge into the data

PSF’s evolving hub for marine data visualization. The Strait of Georgia — a marine corridor between Vancouver Island and the southwestern mainland coast of B.C. — is a highly productive ecosystem with diverse habitat that supports more…