The “International Year of the Salmon” (IYS) aims to create awareness and foster understanding of the issues facing salmon and their impact on the communities that benefit from the resource. The focal year of the International Year of the Salmon will take place in 2019, with activities starting in 2018 and continuing into 2020.The International Year of the Salmon is a project launched by North Pacific Anadromous Fisheries Commission (NPAFC) and the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO) and other partners. The IYS is an international framework for collaborative outreach and research. Through outreach efforts the IYS will raise awareness of what humans can do to better ensure salmon and their varied habitats are conserved and restored against the backdrop of increasing environmental variability, and thus the overall theme is “Salmon and People in a Changing World.” Matt Foy -author of Salmon on the Rough Edge of Canada and Beyond.
To help raise awareness of the IYS project, the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition presents the “Salmon on the Rough Edge of Canada and Beyond” series of 10-short stories which will bring the readers into the lives of some of the individuals and groups that strive to preserve and restore the iconic salmon species of the North Pacific Ocean.
This series of 10-short stories has been written to honour the salmon, the beautiful rivers that they exist in and some of these memorable people who have worked tirelessly over the past decades on the task of conserving and restoring these iconic species. The author, Matt Foy, as a biologist with the Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Salmonid Enhancement Program(SEP) for 35 years (now retired), has tried to capture small glimpses into their world and the world of salmon. The Canada “Salmon Enhancement Program” (SEP) was launched back in 1977.
What made the SEP different from many government programs of the day was its goal to engage, communities and members of the public directly. The power that comes from these collaborations between government, individuals and groups that passionately care about our salmon resources cannot be under-estimated. If we collectively forget what these partnerships have accomplished over these past decades, then we risk losing our way when facing the challenges of the future, we all know will come. Each story, is hosted on websites scattered across BC that tell their own stories of what these community partnerships are doing for salmon, as their gift to us all. Each story is dedicated to all those, that simply love the salmon of the West Coast of Canada and beyond.