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Salmon Stewardship

Working together towards responsible salmon stewardship!

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.

We can not sustain what we do not understand...

Responsible salmon stewardship starts with understanding the salmon themselves. Whether it be the development from egg to adult or the biology of how scales provide protection to the role of a salmon's senses in the homing process, all of it is relavent and essential to helping us learn more about salmon. Gaining basic knowledge acts as the foundation for our ability to begin to scratch the surface at understanding the complex relationship between salmon, their environment, and the different plant and animals species that depend on salmon and vice versa. This knowledge also provides insight to recognize the role of humans within this complicated picture. Determining how society's actions influence salmon health, and ultimately, the health of the coastal ecosystems in which they support can allow us to make responsible choices when it comes to our day to day activities and direct political leaders to make sound management decisions.

It all starts with education...

 

 

What role does the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre play?

The Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre works to carry out the mandate of the Northern Vancouver Island Salmonid Enhancement Association. Through education and various salmonid enhancement efforts, together, the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre and NVISEA work to raise public awareness of salmonid conservation and enhancement across Northern Vancouver Island. Efforts carried out by the Salmon Centre and NVISEA are directed by both the availability of good scientific research and the physical and financial resources to required to implement responsible management decisions.

NVISEA releases an average of 1.8 million salmon fry and smolts into the Quatse system each year. In doing this, NVISEA's intent is to enhance salmonid stocks that populate the local watershed.

Pink salmon spawner in the Quatse River

What Can You Do?

There are many opportunities for individuals and community groups to work towards responsible salmon stewardship. Efforts can include the reduction in water consumption, the appropriate recycling and disposal of waste materials, and avoiding the use of pesticides and other non-biodegrabale chemicals in dayd to day activities. Even more so, becoming involved as a volunteer is a positive hands-on way to support enhancement and conservation efforts!

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.

A young salmon steward, proudly showing the fry she will soon release.

Did you know... YOU can help us help the salmon!

All contributions to the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre go to salmon conservation and education programs,become a member or make a donation today!

 

 

 

 

The Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre is just minutes from the airport, ferry, and downtown Port Hardy. We are located at 8400 Byng Road, next to the Quatse River Regional Park and Campground. The Salmon Centre is a must-see on your next visit to Northern Vancouver Island!

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