What Is Stewardship?
Historically, stewardship was defined as having a personal responsibility for taking care of another person's property or finances. The term has evolved to include a human responsibility to look after other species on the planet, now and for future generations.
What is the Role of the Salmon Stewardship Centre
So how does NVISEA look after salmon and how does that help the planet and future generations?
All of NVISEA's efforts to assist salmon populations on the North Island are directed by the availability of good scientific research and the physical, human and financial resources to direct and implement responsible management decisions.
Responsible stewardship starts with understanding the salmon's life cycle, the role salmon play in the food web and how humans and climate and other forces as big as time influence the coastal ecosystem.
NVISEA releases an average of 1.8 million salmon fry and smolts into the Quatse system each year. Their intent in doing this is to enhance the survival of the salmon stocks that populate the watershed. This means that the only fry released into the Quatse system are produced from wild and hatchery salmon stocks captured in the watershed.
What Can You Do?
Here, on northern Vancouver Island, there are many opportunities for individuals and community groups to work together to reduce water consumption, stop the flow of pesticides and other chemicals into drainage systems that ultimately end up in rivers or in the sea, and restore and protect natural habitat for salmon.
Taking personal responsibility for every action you take that has the potential to affect salmon survival may not be the complete solution for all of the challenges facing salmon populations here on the coast, but it is a valuable first step
Help us help the salmon. All contributions to the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre go to salmon conservation and education programs