Discover Salmon

The Spirit of the River: Dr. Mary Thomas

Occasionally you’ll hear a voice in the soundscape of UNINTERRUPTED, woven in amongst the instrumentation and natural sounds of the original score composed by Owen Belton. The voice is a recording of renowned Neskonlith elder and ethnobotanist, Dr. Mary Thomas sharing a story about salmon in her first language, Secwepemcstin. A young child in the…

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Building Salmon Safe Cities

Salmon have a big influence on the health of our ecosystem – including the cities we live in – so the reverse is really no surprise. Urban, industrial, recreational and agricultural development all potentially have a huge impact on salmon and salmon habitat. Now a certification program known as Salmon Safe gives urban developers and…

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Young stream explorer launches wildlife channel

Luka Kovacic has been fascinated by Stoney Creek and the wildlife it supports since he learned to walk. When he isn’t at school, twelve-year-old Luka walks along the creek, observing the birds, amphibians and reptiles, or he wades through the shallow waters to catch a close up glimpse of the fish. “The creek is full…

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Breakthrough study of salmon and road salt

Take an observant group of streamkeepers, add some salt and unusually high mortality rates in just hatched young salmon and you get a groundbreaking study, after years of on the ground research…

A snorkel and a camera

On the trail of urban salmon: Fernando Lessa uses his expertise in biology and photography to make his Lower Mainland neighbours more aware of what’s in their own backyard.

Seagrass Superpowers for Cities and Salmon

Seagrass is exactly what it sounds like, long grassy leaves that live underwater in both salt and freshwater. You may have walked past seagrass beds along a shoreline or navigated through them in a kayak without giving the plants much thought. For decades, not many people did.

North Shore – Standing strong with salmon

The North Shore is lucky to be home to several surviving salmon streams – as well as some stunning victories in habitat restoration won by local volunteer organizations. Further down this page, you’ll find organizations to volunteer with – and tips for things you can do on your own to help look out for salmon.

First though – check out some impressive work that demonstrates what people can do to turn things around when they get together! And these are just a few examples. If you have others – please let us know…

What you can do

If you live in the Lower Mainland of BC, there’s a lot you can do!

The water you use daily empties into salmon habitat, including the Fraser River, which is one of the last remaining great Pacific salmon rivers in the world. So right away, there’s a place you can make a difference.

Commuters: You’re not alone out there

For years, Pacific salmon have been dying at alarmingly high rates in urban waterways. Until recently, no one could explain why. New research may hold the answer. Read on, and then check out the related salmon shareable below!

Daily habit checks to volunteering – Burnaby, you can do it all!

The City of Burnaby has a great list of streamkeeper groups you can volunteer with, and other resources. We’ve included the link a little further down this page. And in your everyday life? There are simple but important things you can do to help prevent damage to salmon and their urban habitats….