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Salmon as a BC Emblem


In February 2013 the Province of BC introduced a Bill to designate the seven species of Pacific salmon — Chinook, Coho, Chum, Sockeye and Pink as well as Steelhead and Cutthroat Trout — as an official BC emblem.

The Fraser Basin Council, Pacific Salmon Foundation and BC Conservation Foundation have applauded the move and encouraged all members of the Legislature to support an amendment to the Provincial Symbols and Honours Act.

The three organizations proposed the designation to the Province in 2011 as a way to foster a wider understanding of the social, economic and environmental importance of wild Pacific salmon and healthy watersheds. We made the recommendation following consultations with the public.

Our report Do We Make it Official? Recognizing Pacific Salmon as a BC Emblem showed a high level of public support. A BC-wide public opinon survey conducted by Mustel Group in 2010 showed 93% of British Columbians named Pacific salmon as BC’s most iconic fish, and 85% supported a proposal to designate all seven species as a provincial emblem. If named BC's provincial fish — Pacific Salmon will join other official emblems: the Pacific Dogwood, Steller’s Jay, Kermode (Spirit) Bear, Western Red Cedar, Jade and BC Tartan.

Making salmon a symbol for BC was raised publicly in early 2009 by former Vancouver Sun columnist Miro Cernetig at the time of FBC’s State of the Fraser Basin Conference. Former Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo also voiced support. The Fraser Basin Council, Pacific Salmon Foundation and BC Conservation Foundation agreed that the idea had merit. In mid-2010 we began raising public awareness of the proposal and invited feedback. To ensure a representative sample of British Columbians, we also commissioned a BC-wide public opinion survey, conducted by the Mustel Group in October 2010.

Voices of support came from the BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit and Union of BC Indian Chiefs, as well as from numerous municipalities, regional districts and individuals across BC.

Our final report was made in September 2011.

Learn More

Read the report: Do We Make it Official? Recognizing Pacific Salmon as a BC Emblem.

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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.

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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