Defending the salmon nursery that nurtures the entire Skeena system
The Skeena is British Columbia’s second most productive salmon river, the center of a $110 million fishing economy, and has been a source of sustenance for local First Nations for millennia. In recent years, a slew of proposals for liquefied natural gas export terminals in the Skeena River estuary have threatened the entire river system. The worst proposal would build an export terminal over Flora Bank, an intertidal area used by juveniles from 40 different populations of Skeena salmon as they enter salt water.
The small but powerful British Columbia-based SkeenaWild Conservation Trust mobilizes local communities, First Nations, and conservation advocates to stop the worst developments and permanently protect the Skeena estuary. Through our Skeena Stronghold Partnership, Wild Salmon Center is supporting SkeenaWild and their allies with fundraising, communication, and technical expertise to win this fight for the future of one of the Pacific’s most beloved rivers.
In July 2017, we received good news that Petronas and partners are suspending plans to build their terminal over Flora Bank and closing their British Columbia offices. The Stronghold Partnership will now push ahead to ensure this area of the river is never again threatened by damaging mega developments.