Crucial time for wild salmon

A big salmon is seen hovering over a rocky bed under water with sun rays shining down on it and the murky pale green water in the Fraser river estuary

Photo by Fernando Lessa.

This is a crucial time for wild salmon that depend on the Fraser River. Following years of decline in the number of Chinook and sockeye salmon returning to the Fraser, the last two years have seen the lowest on record, with significant fisheries closures. Low abundance of coho and chum also constrain recreational and commercial fisheries. Even First Nation fisheries for food, social, and ceremonial purposes have been greatly reduced.

Reducing the impacts of human activity in the Lower Fraser and estuary, can help ensure that salmon return in the millions, supplying wildlife such as endangered Southern Resident killer whales and bears, with the food energy they need to survive.

Learn more about our work to restore Southern Resident Killer Whales and our lower fraser salmon conservation program.

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