Salmon-Safe certification reflects a commitment to excellence in protecting local waterways. There are now 45 BC farms, ranches and vineyards that have earned the designation since introduction of the program in the province two years ago. The most recent certification is Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Winery.
The certification will now be extended to urban lands — including parks, business sites, campuses and residential developments. Find details in our Salmon-Safe Communities for BC backgrounder.
The Pacific Salmon Foundation and Fraser Basin Council teamed up in 2011 to deliver Salmon-Safe BC — an eco-certification program that recognizes environmentally friendly management practices to protect Pacific salmon habitat and water quality. This is one of the legacies of the Fraser Salmon and Watersheds Program.
Salmon-Safe in Agriculture
The management of agricultural land is a key focus for Salmon-Safe. Since the program began in the US Pacific Northwest more than 10 years ago, over 300 American farms and 200 vineyards have been certified as Salmon-Safe.
The BC program was rolled out 2011, with 22 farms and ranches achieving certification. That number rose to 45 by the end of 2014. See our list of Salmon-Safe certified farms.
To earn the Salmon-Safe designation and right to use the logo in packaging and marketing farm products, a producer must have farm operations evaluated by an independent, professional evaluator. Salmon-Safe certification does not relate to product quality, but confirms that specific environmental standards are followed by the producer.
In particular, Salmon-Safe recognizes the practices of farmers who help protect stream habitat and water quality. They are making a difference in many ways:
Maintaining a buffer of trees and vegetation along the stream banks
Controlling erosion by cover cropping bare soil
Improving passage for migrating fish
Applying natural methods to control weeds and farm pests
Using efficient irrigation practices
Managing nutrient load
Protecting wetlands, woodlands, and other natural areas
Promoting plant and wildlife diversity on their farms.
Salmon-Safe Certified Farms in BC (as of December 2014)
Beaver Meadow Farms Ltd., Comox
Morningstar Farm, Parksville
Northbrook Farm, Saanichton
Eagle Paws Organics, Sooke
Camirlaney Farms - Fraserland Organics, Delta:
Dhaliwal Farm Ltd. - Fraserland Organics, Delta
Bow Chong Farm - Fraserland Organics, Delta
Albert’s Herbs & Nrusery, Burnaby
Glorious Organics Co-Op, Aldergrove
Glen Valley Organic Farm, Abbotsford
Crisp Organics, Abbotsford
Lotusland Vineyards, Abbotsford
Shalefield Organic Gardens, Lindell Beach
The Bees Knees Christmas Trees, Lindell Beach
Frosty Frog Farm, Lindell Beach
Hanninen Farm, Chilliwack
Poplar Grove Arbour, Agassiz
Cedar Isle Farm, Agassiz
Across the Creek Organics, Pemberton
Helmer’s Organic Farm, Pemberton
Ice Cap Organics, Pemberton
Rootdown Organic Farm, Pemberton
Stein Mountain Farm, Lytton
Sapo Bravo Organics, Lytton
Pooley Ranch, Merritt
Left Fields Farm, Sorrento
Harmonious Homestead and Ewe, Salmon Arm
Silverhills Ranch, Lumby
Timberline Farm, Kelowna
Kalala Organic Estate Winery and Vineyards, West Kelowna
Salmon-Safe certification is now available to BC municipalities and regional districts, developers and other landowners in both the private and public sector. The certification can apply to such places as parks and natural areas, college or university campuses, business sites and residential developments in urban, suburban and rural settings.
Land can be certified even if it has no watercourses on it. This recognizes that commercial, industrial and residential activities, even those not immediately adjacent to streams and rivers, have long-term cumulative impacts on fish and other aquatic species.
For more about Salmon-Safe in agriculture, contact:
Costanza Testino: T: 604-664-7664 (ext 118) | E:
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About the Fraser Basin Council
The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and across BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.