SkeenaWild engages in rigorous and applied scientific research on salmon ecosystems. In addition to ongoing fisheries and Wild Salmon Policy related projects, we have five core science programs underway:
SkeenaWild provides science support to several First Nations and their respective fisheries programs – including Wet’suwet’en, Gitksan, and Ned’u’ten – towards the development of recovery plans for diminished sockeye salmon populations. Our work with Wet’suwet’en Fisheries Program has culminated in the implementation of priority research programs outlined in their Morice Sockeye Recovery Plan, which is composed of three major projects:
SkeenaWild is partnered with Simon Fraser University (Dr. Jonathan Moore’s Salmon Watersheds Lab) and Gitanyow Nation to undertake research that explores the evolution of salmon habitat following glacier retreat and land-use activity. The goal is to identify and proactively protect future climate refuge habitat for salmon by understanding how salmon populations have responded to past climate and land-use change.
Our Science Director, Dr. Michael Price, successfully defended his PhD early in 2022. His research investigates changes in the abundance and diversity of wild salmon populations in the Skeena over the last century, which not only has revealed the extent of loss, but also the potential for the future recovery of diminished populations. Learn more about Michael’s research.
This is an exciting fledgling program in collaboration with the University of Northern British Columbia and Simon Fraser University that is examining salmon bones unearthed at First Nation traditional fishing sites – some dating more than 1,000 years – to answer important conservation questions.
SkeenaWild participates in Environmental Assessments on a range of proposed projects within the Skeena Watershed. We advocate for transparency, better public participation, and independent science in conducting assessment work.
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