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December 8, 2021

The Pacific Salmon Foundation’s (PSF) Salmon Watersheds Program is pleased to publicly release a comprehensive overview of salmon Conservation Units and their habitats for Haida Gwaii on the Pacific Salmon Explorer, a PSF tool that provides data that is essential in understanding the status of salmon, threats to their habitats, and for prioritizing salmon restoration and recovery strategies. The PSE update adds information on 765 salmon populations to the tool. This addition provides decision-makers with the most comprehensive open source information available to support decision making for salmon watersheds in Haida Gwaii.

Engagement with local salmon experts was critical to the success of this project. PSF collaborated with representatives from Haida Fisheries, Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Salmon Enhancement Program, Parks Canada, the Gowgaia Institute, the Hecate Strait Streamkeepers, and independent salmon experts to identify local salmon spawning locations. The collective identified 16 new salmon-bearing watersheds that had not been previously documented, further enhancing the baseline of available information for Haida Gwaii salmon.

With the addition of Haida Gwaii, the Pacific Salmon Explorer now presents the best available data for 90% of all salmon populations and their freshwater habitats in B.C., one step closer towards PSF’s goal of creating an open-access tool for accessing information on the state of salmon and their habitats for all of B.C.

Key facts about the Haida Gwaii addition to the Pacific Salmon Explorer

This work has been supported by the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF) through Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Province of B.C.

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PSF News Release: Comprehensive Salmon Data for Haida Gwaii Set to Strengthen Recovery Planning