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Fraser Salmon and Watersheds

Nothing epitomizes the spirit of British Columbia quite like wild Pacific Salmon. Yet managing wild salmon and watersheds sustainably is a daunting challenge. Many salmon stocks are at risk, or in decline from such threats as habitat loss, overfishing and climate change impacts. To ensure wild salmon in our future, things need to change.

The Fraser Salmon and Watersheds Program (FSWP) was a breakthrough initiative. Co-managed by the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) and Fraser Basin Council between 2006 and 2012, FSWP brought together British Columbians from different regions, sectors and areas of interest to improve the health and sustainability of wild Pacific salmon populations and the watersheds of the Fraser Basin.

Thanks to the BC Living Rivers Trust Fund, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and other funders, FSWP provided $13.6 million in funding for 300 projects across the Basin, in four focus areas:

  • Watershed planning and governance
  • Habitat restoration and stewardship
  • Sustainable fisheries management
  • Education and engagement.

FSWP supported networking, education and collaboration on tough issues. Successes involved many leaders, including those in First Nations communities, and other people involved in fisheries management, research, stewardship and community work.

Perhaps the greatest success of the six years was in connecting people and bridging information gaps. FSWP helped people pool information and resources, learn from each other, and cooperate more effectively. FBC and its partners want the work to continue into 2013 and beyond ― and are encouraging a fresh commitment to the Living Rivers Trust Fund beginning in 2014.

“We are all impacted by, and should pay attention to, the health of the salmon. That is going to be a reflection on the relationships between people. So I hope that salmon can be a unifying area of focus. The health of the salmon suggests what our relationships are like with one another.”

― Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, 2010

Program Highlights

See how the Fraser Salmon and Watersheds program has encouraged stronger working relationships in the Fraser Basin, and check highlights in our focus areas.


To learn more about the projects funded or led by the Fraser Salmon and Watersheds Program, including those in your region, visit the Think Salmon website (projects page).

“Of course one of the most important things in this objective is to ensure that we have healthy rivers. Rivers that are alive and living, filled with natural beauty and high quality, to sustain people, ecosystems and a vibrant economy. That is why the Living Rivers Fund is so important: because it brings our best scientists and technical experts with communities to be able to forge new models for sustainability.”

― Rick Hansen, Pacific Salmon Endowment Fund Society

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