There remain many mysteries about factors that reduce Pacific salmon abundance. To help provide clarity, the Foundation approved a strategic plan for 2013 – 2015 that included a goal to expand its work in the field of science and research. Our salmon research has grown ever since.
In October 2012, Clean Energy BC asked the Foundation to conduct an independent science review of run-of-river power. The full ROR Report can be read here.
In 2013, the Foundation embarked on a first-of-its-kind partnership with Genome BC and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The Salmon Health Initiative was started to understand the high loss of young salmon as they enter salt water. There is some belief that disease may be a factor and the project includes sampling of wild, hatchery-raised and farmed salmon.
2013 also saw the launch of the $20 million Salish Sea Marine Survival Project in partnership with Seattle-based Long Live the Kings. The Salish Sea comprises U.S. – Canadian waters including the Strait of Georgia, Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca. The findings of this major research initiative are driving key programs today. Learn more about this landmark effort here.