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Thompson-Shuswap Salmon Collaborative

Thompson-Shuswap salmon habitat

The Thompson-Shuswap Salmon Collaborative (TSSC) is a technical planning process involving three orders of government that are working together to prioritize, guide, plan and implement salmon conservation and restoration in the Thompson-Shuswap watershed.

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Salmon in the Thompson-Shuswap – A Need for Action

Wild Pacific salmon and Interior Fraser Steelhead in the Thompson-Shuswap region are in serious jeopardy.  Many populations have declined sharply in recent years and are now assessed as endangered or threatened.

Conserving these precious fish is of critical importance for many reasons. For the Secwepemc Nation, salmon and steelhead have been relied upon for cultural, spiritual and livelihood purposes since time immemorial. While numerous restoration initiatives have been undertaken in Thompson-Shuswap watersheds, these have not necessarily been coordinated or reviewed for effectiveness.  As well, several restoration or planning processes have operated at a broader scale but without linkage to local actions and plans. 

About the TSSC

The Thompson-Shuswap Salmon Collaborative (TSSC) is a non-political, technical planning process that brings together staff of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the BC Ministry of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship and the Secwepemc Fisheries Commission. The TSSC is not a consultative table, nor a formal G2G co-management initiative, but is an ongoing and evolving process focused on identifying and prioritizing practical, realistic actions to benefit salmon and steelhead in the Thompson-Shuswap region.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

The group has agreed to work cooperatively to integrate policy, planning, programming and field actions undertaken by each of the parties in the initiative.  As well, the TSSC will be seeking to coordinate with other groups undertaking conservation and restoration actions to benefit Wild Pacific salmon and Interior Fraser Steelhead. 

In 2022 the TSSC has been focused on two main goals:

  • Be responsive to the immediate needs of salmon and steelhead, and
  • Be strategic about the longer-term needs of salmon and steelhead.

Background Documents

Terms of Reference and Strategic Planning Framework

The TSSC parties have signed a Terms of Reference document to clarify their purpose and structure and have prepared an initial Strategic Planning Framework tool to help identify priority watersheds and key issues to be addressed for Pacific salmon and Interior Fraser Steelhead in their freshwater environment.


Here is a map of the Thompson-Shuswap watershed, the geographic focus of TSSC's work.

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Thompson-Shuswap region

Learn More

The Fraser Basin Council provides secretariat support to the TSSC. For more information, please contact the TSSC’s facilitator:

Thompson-Shuswap Salmon Collaborative
c/o Alex de Chantal
Fraser Basin Council


Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

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 throughout 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.

FBC Project and
Partner Sites

Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351

We are grateful at the Fraser Basin Council Society to live and work on the unceded ancestral
territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.