Conservation – in research, outreach, and action – is one of our primary goals.
Salmon Coast’s most powerful research often originates from community-driven conservation questions and concerns. They are questions about the health of wild salmon, impacts of salmon aquaculture, the return of humpback and killer whales, and concerns about disappearing knowledge and ways of being.
In response, Salmon Coast and its scholars have developed research that directly informs educational outreach, conservation management and policy decisions.
Because of our conservation work, Salmon Coast has received considerable media attention.
Salmon Coast scholar provide peer-reviewed, award-winning research that informs outreach and advocacy among many reputable conservation organizations. The Living Oceans Society, the David Suzuki Foundation, the Watershed Watch Society and Ecojustice are just a few institutions that use Salmon Coast research to power their work.
As Salmon Coast scholars tease out solutions to complex questions we encourage and support them to engage with public discourse and collaborations. As a result the impact of their research is both local, and far reaching.
Open-net pen salmon aquaculture
Our research on salmon pathogens has mitigated the catastrophic population decline in wild salmon throughout the Broughton…for now. Research by Salmon Coast scholars on the impacts of salmon aquaculture on wild salmon has resulted in:
- increased industry regulations
- increased collaborative research – e.g. Broughton Archipelago Monitoring Plan (BAMP)
- contributions towards the recommendations from the Cohen Commission – The State of the Salmon Stock in BC
- the longest running, independent Sea Lice and Juvenile Salmon monitoring program in the world
Sharing the wisdom of conservation mentors
The award-winning documentary, Listening to a Sense of Place, features Bill Proctor, a local elder and mentor to generations of Salmon Coaster scholars, as he shares his vast knowledge about how to understand and exercise care for place. The film and its associated research have reached beyond academia through film, radio and art installations. The work is featured widely, such as on CBC Living Out Loud – the End of the Line, as well as with the Western Front, one of Canada’s leading artist-run-centers for contemporary art and new music.
While remaining an independent research facility, we host researchers from the Universities of Victoria, British Columbia, Alberta, and Toronto and Simon Fraser University, among others. We collaborate with organizations including the Hakai Institute, Ocean’s Initiative, Marine Education and Research Society, Canadian Sablefish Association, Pacific Salmon Foundation, Mainland Enhancement of Salmonid Species Society, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
We also value and work with local stakeholders, such as local marinas and tourism ventures, and local Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw nations. Visit our Partners and Friends page to learn more.
Salmon Coast strives to be sustainable in all its operations. We set an example of sustainability by using off-grid alternative energy systems, demonstrating local food production and collection, encouraging use of non-motorized vessels, and minimizing waste.