Pacific Salmon Foundation: Salmon Watersheds Program

Kitasoo Xai'xais research technicians in the field. Photo by Tavish Campbell.
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Snapshots of Salmon Populations & their Habitats in BC

British Columbia supports a significant diversity of wild Pacific salmon with 450 ecologically, geographically, and genetically unique groups of salmon populations, known as Conservation Units (CUs) under Canada’s Wild Salmon Policy. CUs have been identified as the minimum level of biodiversity that is to be monitored and maintained in order to ensure the resilience of wild Pacific salmon.

Since 2008 the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Salmon Watersheds Program (SWP) has been collaborating with First Nations, federal and provincial governments, academics, NGOs, and independent salmon experts to identify, assemble, analyze, and present the best available datasets for Pacific salmon and their habitats. The information is used to develop data-driven status assessments, which are available in the Pacific Salmon Explorer — an online visualization tool that provides open access to salmon data that has become an important tool to support salmon conservation and recovery efforts.

The Pacific Salmon Explorer is one of the most comprehensive sources of information on salmon in BC, with data and assessments for more than 90% of salmon across the province. Assessments have been completed in the Nass, Skeena, Central Coast, Haida Gwaii, Fraser, Columbia, and Vancouver Island & Mainland Inlets. By 2024, data for the final salmon-bearing region in BC – Northern Transboundary watersheds – will be added to the Pacific Salmon Explorer, as well as data for BC Steelhead.


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Related Links: Nass region

Related Links: Skeena region

Related Links: Central Coast