Long-term Desired Outcome
The Pacific Salmon Foundation's long-term goal is to continue educating and empowering volunteers and communities to lead on salmon conservation in their own watersheds. However our work doesn't stop there. We are also leading on large-scale scientific initiatives that build on the work of volunteers in freshwater streams. Salmon are born in freshwater, then head to estuaries to grow and prepare for the ocean, then spend much of their adult life in the ocean before returning to natal streams to spawn. To fully address what is limiting salmon, we have to understand what is happening in both fresh and saltwater.
Five years ago we launched our Salish Sea Marine Survival Project to study young salmon as they move through estuaries into the ocean. From the Project findings we have identified three immediate areas to address. Read our campaign "Leave a Legacy for Salmon in the Strait of Georgia" for details.
Our goal for the Project is to restore wild Coho, Chinook and Steelhead in the Salish Sea where catches of these stocks have declined by about 90 per cent.