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Salmon-Safe BC

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About Salmon-Safe

Fraser Basin Council and the Pacific Salmon Foundation teamed up in 2011 to deliver Salmon-Safe BC — a third-party eco-certification program that recognizes land management practices that enhance and protect Pacific salmon habitat and water quality.

Salmon-Safe certification is 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.

There are two main components to Salmon Safe:

Salmon-Safe Communities for BC

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Salmon-Safe Communities for BC, managed by FBC, focuses on best practices in urban and suburban settings. Check out our 2018 backgrounder,  and be sure to pass it on! We're looking for communities and developers ready to embark on the journey.

Here are the first two of our Salmon-Safe certified sites: Mountain Equipment Co-op (2015) and Vancouver International Airport (2016).

Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office - BC's First Salmon-Safe Urban Site

The distinctive building and grounds that comprise the head office campus of MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) near the historic eastern terminus of False Creek Flats in Vancouver were certified in 2015 as the first Salmon-Safe urban site in British Columbia. The recognition came from the Fraser Basin Council and Pacific Salmon Foundation, non-profit organizations that jointly deliver the Salmon-Safe program in BC.

Check out the details on MEC in our October 23, 2015 media release (PDF | Word) and our Facebook photo album about the MEC head office site.

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) - World's First Salmon-Safe Airport

YVR is the first airport in the world to achieve Salmon-Safe certification, which acknowledges YVR's ongoing efforts and commitment to transform land and water management practices to protect Fraser River water quality and enhance Pacific salmon habitat. YVR monitors all water outflow from their airport into the Fraser River for water quality.

Watch this video to learn why YVR decided to get Salmon-Safe certified.

Could your site be next? We hope so - contact us!

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.

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.

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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

Are you looking for products from a Salmon-Safe farm in BC? Check out the Certified Sites page on the Salmon-Safe BC website.

Contact Us

Be sure to visit the Salmon-Safe BC website and bring us your questions and comments.

For more about Salmon-Safe Communities, contact:

Theresa Fresco: T: 604 488-5363 | E:

For more about Salmon-Safe in agriculture, contact:

Costanza Testino: T: 604-664-7664 (ext 118) | E:

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:
www.pluginbc.ca

BuySmart Network:
www.buysmartbc.com

BC Rural Network:
www.bcruralnetwork.ca

Rethinking our Water Ways:
www.rethinkingwater.ca

ReTooling for Climate Change:
www.retooling.ca

Climate Action Toolkit:
www.toolkit.bc.ca

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Quesnel 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
E: