Dr. Brian Riddell speaks on state of salmon at Vancouver Gala Dinner

Dr. Brian Riddell recognized for exemplary service in salmon science and conservation

Pacific Salmon Foundation President and CEO Dr. Brian Riddell was among 50 Canadians honoured by the Government of Canada on February 15, 2015, National Flag Day. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2015/02/15/national-flag-canada-day.This year’s Flag Day is particularly important because it marks the 50th anniversary of the National Flag of Canada.

Dr. Brian Riddell made the following public statement regarding this honour:

“I am truly honored and extend my gratitude to the Prime Minister and Government of Canada for acknowledging me in this special way. This recognition is meaningful for me personally and professionally. I am proud to be a Canadian and had the good fortune to spend most of my career in the public service with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Pacific salmon are one of Canada’s greatest and enduring national treasures and I have always considered the work to research and conserve them a vital form of public service. This is also gratifying because I consider it an acknowledgment of the importance of salmon science, my life’s work, and which is so critical given the complex challenges we face in sustaining wild Pacific salmon for future generations on the west coast of Canada.”

In addition to his role as president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Riddell is the science director of two major salmon research projects that were started by the Pacific Salmon Foundation: the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project is a five-year effort that started in 2014 to research and restore Coho and Chinook salmon abundance in the Strait of Georgia; and the Strategic Salmon Health Initiative, a project with Genome BC to clarify the presence or absence of microbes in wild, hatchery and aquaculture salmon in British Columbia. Both of these research projects are conducted in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and a variety of industry, First Nations and non-profit stakeholders.

Dr. Riddell continues to serve Canada as a Commissioner to the Pacific Salmon Commission, the entity that administers the U.S./Canada Pacific Salmon Treaty; he has been engaged with the Treaty and negotiations since the early 1980s as a scientist, advisor, and now Commissioner.


Learn more about the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Salish Sea Marine Survival Project and Strategic Salmon Health Initiative.

Learn more about the National Flag of Canada and National Flag Day.

Contact: Michael Meneer, mmeneer@psf.ca, (778) 990-0464

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