Our Mission

Salmon Coast By the Numbers

20+ years of
sea louse monitoring

100+ publications

30+ partners

For over 20 years, Salmon Coast Society has held a central role in monitoring wild salmon health in the area known as
the Broughton Archipelago

The field station started from humble beginnings when Alexandra Morton, concerned about the impact of fish farms on local ecosystems, invited graduate students into her home to do the science required to understand the relationship between salmon farms and the sea lice epidemics on juvenile wild salmon. 

For over 20 years, researchers at Salmon Coast have continued to shed light on the impacts that salmon farms have on local ecosystems and communities. The many publications from this work have led to measurable change in policy and industry regulations, while empowering local First Nations and organizations with evidence to help restore BC’s declining wild salmon runs.

As salmon farms are removed from the Broughton Archipelago, we are continuing to monitor wild salmon health, but also looking forward. Our proven success in conservation research has made us well-positioned to broaden our scope of projects— from kelp mapping, to recording whales, to assessing the impacts of forestry on salmon, we are committed to conducting high-quality research that helps to understand and protect the Broughton Archipelago.

Find out about some of the projects happening at Salmon Coast

We’ve been monitoring the relationships between sea lice, wild juvenile salmon, and salmon farms for over 20 years, inspiring research programs all over the BC coast.

Our team was approached by the First Nations of the Broughton Aquaculture Transition Initiative (BATI) and asked to contribute to research on kelp in the region.

Our crew and alumni, with over 20 years of experience in live sea louse ID and juvenile salmon monitoring, are educating and training the next generation of coastal researchers.

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