Pacific Salmon Foundation

Pacific Salmon Foundation

Address: #300 1682 West 7th Avenue Vancouver, BC, V6J 4S6
Phone Number: (604) 664-7664

The Pacific Salmon Foundation, founded in 1987, is a federally incorporated non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wild Pacific salmon and their natural habitats in British Columbia and the Yukon. Operating independently from government, the Foundation facilitates dialogue and undertakes positive initiatives in support of Pacific salmon amongst all levels of government including First Nations; as well as industry, communities, individual volunteers and all fishing interests. 

Since 1987, the Foundation has:

  • In concert with local communities invested $147 million in BC salmon conservation
  • Supported 2,262 unique Pacific salmon conservation, restoration and enhancement projects
  • Helped produce 11 million juvenile salmon through hatcheries
  • Helped restore 1.1 million square metres of streams and estuaries for salmon 

Our Vision

Salmon Underwater

Healthy, sustainable and naturally diverse populations of Pacific salmon for the benefit of Canadians for generations to come.

Effective stewardship of natural resources in B.C. and the Yukon to involve communities in decisions affecting Pacific salmon.

Our Mission

To provide thoughtful leadership in the conservation, restoration, and enhancement of Pacific salmon and their ecosystems. To bring salmon back, stream by stream … through strategic partnerships and leveraged use of resources.

Latest Posts & News

Seals: Taking a bite out of salmon survival

By Pacific Salmon Foundation, Dec 13th, 2017

When seals became federally protected in 1970, their numbers increased exponentially around the Strait of Georgia from 5,000 in 1970 to a ... Read Full Article

Tracking Salmon Like Never Before!

By Pacific Salmon Foundation, Dec 12th, 2017

The Salish Sea Marine Survival Pr ... Read Full Article

Salish Sea Marine Survival Project: The Final Phase

By Pacific Salmon Foundation, Dec 4th, 2017

The Pacific Salmon Foundation has spent the last three years collecting an unprecedented amount of data on what is limiting wild salmon i ... Read Full Article

Ferry Passengers Research What Affects Salmon in Salish Sea

By Pacific Salmon Foundation, Dec 13th, 2016

Ferry passengers use an app to collect ocean data for the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project Read Full Article

Restoring Kelp Habitat for Salmon

By Pacific Salmon Foundation, Dec 6th, 2016

Rob Zielinkski owns Hornby Diving and volunteers with Project Watershed, the Nile Creek Enhancement ... Read Full Article

Anglers Become Researchers

By Pacific Salmon Foundation, Dec 14th, 2015

Billy McMillan is a fishing guide with BonChovy Charters based in Vancouver. McMillan operates the Steveston route. BonChovy is a lon ... Read Full Article

Just How Many Salmon Are Those Seals Eating?

By Pacific Salmon Foundation, Dec 4th, 2015

Seal experts anaesthesized seals to outfit them with custom beanies and backpacks to track their feeding behaviors.

In 20 ... Read Full Article

Seal Predation Project Reaches Milestone

By Pacific Salmon Foundation, Aug 20th, 2015

In the early 1980's when salmon survival was high, the seal population in the Strait of Georgia was approximately 10,000. But with new se ... Read Full Article

Exceptionally warm ocean conditions are impacting BC marine life.

By Ian Perry and Peter Chandler, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Aug 5th, 2015

The warm and dry weather that British Columbia has experienced this spring and summer is due in part to exceptionally warm ocean conditio ... Read Full Article

Salish Sea Marine Survival Project

By Pacific Salmon Foundation, Mar 24th, 2015

The deep bay crew with Vancouver Island University is in the Strait of Georgia this past weekend sampling for the Salish Sea Marine Survi ... Read Full Article

Wanna know where TYEE Salmon come from?

By Pacific salmon Foundation, Mar 12th, 2015

Well, if you're fishing around Haida Gwaii, 70% of Chinook salmon 40 lbs + come from just two rivers in all of British Columbia! Pretty n ... Read Full Article

How many salmon are really dying in the estuary?

By Pacific Salmon Foundation, Feb 24th, 2015

It has been suggested that up to 90% of juvenile Pacific salmon may die within their first eight weeks at sea, but no recent surveys have ... Read Full Article

Is disease affecting salmon abundance?

By Pacific Salmon Foundation, Feb 10th, 2015

If you followed the news stories about salmon last year, you may remember the concern around salmon disease. Although disease is suspecte ... Read Full Article

Strait of Georgia Data Centre an Integral First Step

By Pacific Salmon Foundation, Jan 28th, 2015

(Above: Dr. Isobel Pearsall, project lead for the Strait of Georgia Data Centre)

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Partnering to Conserve Wannock River Chinook

By Pacific Salmon Foundation, Jan 13th, 2015

The Wannock River in Rivers Inlet, on the central coast of British Columbia, is renowned for BIG Chinook that weigh more than 50 pounds, and draw sport anglers from around the world. But, Wannock Chinook are considered a stock of concern that merit fishing restrictions and conservation measures to ensure long-term sustainability. Aside from their environmental contributions, these fish bring an ... Read Full Article

Restoring Forage Fish for Salmon

By Pacific Salmon Foundation, Dec 23rd, 2014

Herring, Pacific sandlance and surf smelt are the most abundant forage fishes in the Strait of Georgia. Forage fish are an essential food for salmon smolts growing in estuaries and returning adult salmon.  Sand lance and surf smelt require near-shore habitats for survival, but departments approving development permits lack up-to-date information and are largely unaware of the impact of shoreli ... Read Full Article

Restoring Kelp for Salmon

By Pacific Salmon Foundation, Dec 19th, 2014

The near-shore areas of Canada's Pacific coastal waters are bordered with kelp forests that provide food and shelter for species that in turn support salmon. Forage fish like herring spawn on kelp. Kelp also become buffers from big waves, enabling small larval fish like eulachon to thrive under their protection. Moreover, Kelp are highly productive ecosystems unto themselves. A single kelp plan ... Read Full Article

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