New funding supports expansion of the Pacific Salmon Explorer
October 11, 2017
On October 10, 2017, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced that the Pacific Salmon Foundation’ Salmon Watersheds Program will receive $1.2 million through the Coastal Restoration Fund to expand the Pacific Salmon Explorer to key salmon-bearing watersheds in British Columbia (BC).
Developed in consultation with Provincial and Federal government agencies, local First Nation communities, and other NGOs, the Pacific Salmon Explorer is a data-driven look at salmon populations and pressures on their habitats. The Pacific Salmon Explorer currently shows information on salmon in the Skeena River, but we are working with local partners to expand this tool to the Nass River, Central Coast, South Coast, Fraser River, and Vancouver Island.
The Pacific Salmon Explorer provides:
- Sixty years of population data (e.g. spawner abundance, harvest) for Chinook, coho, chum, pink and sockeye salmon populations;
- Interactive maps displaying the risk of degradation to freshwater salmon habitats from multiple human and environmental pressures;
- Summary information related to the biological status of salmon populations;
- Maps showing the location of both existing and proposed resource development projects that may overlap with salmon habitat;
- Summary reports for geographically and genetically distinct populations of salmon (known as Conservation Units under Canada’s Wild Salmon Policy);
- Ability to download source datasets and print maps and figures.
This information will help our partners to determine priority areas for coastal restoration and support the development of strategies for mitigating key threats and pressures that may be hindering the recovery of important salmon populations throughout BC.
Read the Government of Canada News Release here: https://www.canada.ca/en/fisheries-oceans/news/2017/10/new_funding_supportstechnicalinnovationtorestoresalmon-bearingwa.html