Kristi Miller Saunders
Kristi Miller-Saunders, with Fisheries and Oceans Canada Pacific Biological Station, is leading genomic research for the initiative.
Photo by Nik West

Only five per cent of Canadians rank the overall quality of the environment as a top national issue, according to a recent publc opinion survey. Clearly, it’s up to conservation organizations like the Pacific Salmon Foundation to help elevate the importance of the environment in general and Pacific salmon in particular. But for people to value something, first they need to be empowered with the best information and analysis possible.

When it comes to Pacific salmon conservation, there are certainly many mysteries about the range of factors that reduce Pacific salmon abundance. To help provide clarity, the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s board of directors approved a strategic plan for 2016-2018 that includes a goal to continue the Foundation’s work in salmon science and research.

The Foundation wasted no time getting started on this goal with the launch of three major science and research projects:

Restoring Coho and Chinook in the Salish Sea

Run-of-River Power and Salmon

Unraveling the Mysteries of Salmon Health