Pacific salmon are iconic in British Columbia. Salmon have been a mainstay of First Nations culture and communities for thousands of years. The commercial salmon industry, an important part of the growth and development of the Province throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, remains important to the wellbeing of coastal communities. The recreational salmon industry is also an important part of the economic base of many Vancouver Island communities.
Today, some of British Columbia’s wild salmon stocks are at risk from over-fishing, changing ocean conditions and land development that threatens their nursery streams and migrations rivers. Marine Harvest recognizes that our farmed salmon co-exist with wild fish. We take action to protect wild salmon through the way we manage our operations, through research and through salmon enhancement.
MHC salmon enhancement projects:
In kind support:
- Northern Vancouver Island Salmon Enhancement Association (NVISEA) – cages and feed
- Kitasoo salmon enhancement – feed, heath trays and circular tubs
- Campbell River Quinsam Hatchery – cages and nets to ‘Pinks for the Pier’
- Campbell River enhancement – cages
- Colonial/Cayeghle River hatchery (since 1987)
- Kokish River Hatchery (since 1989)
- Marble River chinook brood rearing (1995-02)
- Rivers Inlet brood rearing (1997- 2002)
- Campbell River side channel & estuary restoration
- Homathco berm construction (2006)
- Steelhead snorkle surveys (2004 -2006)
Tsolum River Restoration Society (TRRS) - $6,000 to Towhee Creek restoration (2007)