Salmon Coast and its scholars have developed research that directly informs educational outreach, conservation management, and policy decisions.
A source of independent conservation research

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.

Research with an impact

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. Our research on salmon pathogens has mitigated the population decline in wild salmon throughout the Broughton. 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. BATI (Broughton Aquaculture Transition Initiative)
– Contributions towards the Cohen Commission
– The State of the Salmon Report
– The longest running, independent sea lice and juvenile salmon monitoring program in the world

Collaborating for conservation

We work closely with the First Nations groups on whose territory we reside, including the Dzawada’enuxw, Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis, Mamillilkula, and ‘Namgis First Nations, and the Gwawaenuk Tribe. Our recent projects are designed in conjunction with specific Nations, and we aim to support their research interests and priorities.

We also host researchers from the Universities of Victoria, British Columbia, Alberta, Toronto and Simon Fraser, 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.

Modelling sustainability

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.

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