Skeena River, BC© Ken Morrish
Where We Work

British Columbia

Where We Work

British Columbia

Defending the region against a wave of development

British Columbia boasts some of the wildest and most productive salmon watersheds in North America. As the region’s salmon populations fluctuate and threats to intact coastal systems mount, partners in British Columbia are turning to Wild Salmon Center to help protect strongholds in this region.

Standing up for the Skeena

They call it “Mother Skeena.” One of the world’s most prolific wild salmon and steelhead corridors, the undammed watershed serves as spawning ground for six salmon species, including coho, sockeye and some of the largest Chinook and steelhead ever recorded. The Skeena’s commercial and sport fisheries generate more than $100 million a year, rivaling the economic impact of the forest industry.

But the Skeena watershed’s long-term well-being is at risk. More than $200 billion in oil and natural gas projects have been proposed for the region. The worst proposal would build a liquefied natural gas terminal over Flora Bank, an intertidal area used by 80% of the Skeena’s juvenile salmon as they enter salt water.

The small but powerful British Columbia-based SkeenaWild Conservation Trust mobilizes local communities, tribes, and conservation advocates to fight for this globally important salmon stronghold. In recent years, they have effectively rallied this coalition to derail another dangerous oil pipeline. They also lobby for government protections for wild fish, and support First Nations subsistence fisheries targeting healthy fish runs.

Wild Salmon Center works with SkeenaWild and other local advocates on long-term conservation strategies for the region. Learn more about WSC’s campaign to protect the Skeena.

© Tavish Campbell
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Over 40 different groups of juvenile salmon use Flora Bank, the most popular habitat in the Skeena estuary.
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