Pacific Salmon Foundation: Salmon Watersheds Program

Nuxalk Fisheries and Wildlife crew bio-sampling sockeye, at Nutl'l (Kimsquit Lake). Photo by Jason Moody.
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Applying the Pacific Salmon Explorer in Species at Risk Processes 

In 2002, the Government of Canada passed the Species at Risk Act (SARA) to prevent the extinction of wildlife species in Canada by protecting endangered or threatened species, such as some Pacific salmon, and their habitat. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) is the independent body of experts and scientists assigned to identify at-risk species or populations and assess their conservation status. If any Pacific salmon are assessed as Endangered or Threatened by COSEWIC, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) must undertake a Recovery Potential Assessment and create a recovery plan to protect the salmon from further decline and extinction.

The shortage of easily accessible and detailed information on the status of salmon populations and threats to their habitat can undermine conservation efforts under SARA and slow down progress to protect at-risk salmon populations and plan their recovery. To help address these issues, the Pacific Salmon Foundation, in collaboration with COSEWIC and DFO, is pursuing the following activities to support SARA in its protection of Pacific salmon: