One of the greatest threats wild Pacific salmon face is climate change. Climate change is changing the conditions we have seen in the past, and many of those changes are likely to be unfavorable for salmon. In light of this, the Pacific Salmon Foundation believes that we, as stewards, can give salmon a chance at future sustainability by assessing the factors that we can influence positively for salmon.
While there have been many studies that forecast changing circumstances, there is a critical need for an overarching action plan. As such, the Foundation is developing a Climate Action Plan for BC Salmon.
Recently, the Foundation’s VP of Salmon, Jason Hwang, brought together more than 150 experts from the scientific community to identify challenges and potential solutions to help salmon better adapt to climate change.
Here are the presentations from our Climate Adaptation Workshop:
- Gord Sterritt, Executive Director of the Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Allliance presented on a First Nation’s perspective on climate issues for salmon in the Upper Fraser. “With these declines [in fish stocks] also came increased health issues and food security issues…”hear Gord’s full presentation here.
- Dr. Francis Zwiers, director, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium at the University of Victoria presented ‘A glimpse at the projected future climate faced by BC salmon.’
- Dr. Jonathan Moore’s presentation on “Climate Change in Salmon Systems.” Dr. Moore is a Professor, Liber Ero Chair of Coastal Science and Management at Simon Fraser University.
- Salmon Systems are changing and they are going to continue to change. Sue Grant, program head for the State of the Salmon Program at Fisheries and Oceans Canada presentation on the “State of Salmon and Climate Change Considerations.”
- Science Advisor, Brian Riddell, and VP, Salmon, Jason Hwang, discuss what the Foundation is doing now in the marine environment and our plans for the future.