In British Columbia, salmon are a keystone species that have immeasurable value as an ancient resource that have shaped the cultural identities and way of life for many First Nations in British Columbia. Salmon that migrate thousands of kilometers through our waterways shape our landscapes and provide nourishment to our ecosystems and ourselves. Salmon-Safe's holistic approach to urban and agriculture development links land and water management by focusing on salmon as key indicators of ecosystem health.
There are more than 30 Salmon-Safe certified sites across British Columbia. These include farms, vineyards and urban sites. Because Salmon-Safe BC is a site-specific program, each of these sites has been evaluated by one of our site assessors, who have determined the optimal way for each site to adhere to the Salmon-Safe Standards. The Salmon-Safe Standards guide the certification process and ensure that positive actions are taken to conserve natural habitats and ecosystems.
Salmon-Safe certification is available to municipalities, regional districts, developers, and other landowners in both the private & public sectors. The certification can apply to parks & natural areas, college or university campuses, and business sites & residential developments in urban, suburban & rural settings. Land can be certified even if it has no watercourses on it. Salmon-Safe certification demonstrates leadership in land management and a commitment to supporting a healthier future for salmon and our waterways, which also means a healthier future for British Columbians.
Protecting and restoring salmon health and habitat through transformative land and water management practices.
Salmon-Safe is a third-party certification program that recognizes and rewards responsible, eco-friendly management practices that protect Pacific salmon habitat and enhance water quality on agricultural and urban lands.
Salmon-Safe BC is delivered by the Fraser Basin Council, a not-for-profit that advances sustainability across British Columbia. Our core team works out of FBC's downtown Vancouver offices to manage the day to day operations of Salmon-Safe BC. This team is supported by site-assessors who are experts in fields that range from biology to landscape architecture. Our site assessors complete the onsite assessments & indicate how each site can incorporate the Salmon-Safe standards and support the biological needs of salmon.
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If you would like to connect with a member of our team, you can reach out to or complete the form below. We'll do our best to respond to your inquiry in 3-5 business days.
The Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street, Vancouver
The Salmon-Safe BC program is delivered through Fraser Basin Council’s headquarters in Vancouver, which is located on traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh). We are grateful to work throughout the Province of British Columbia, which includes the unceded territories and treaty lands of 200+ Indigenous Nations.
We recognize the importance of ensuring the original caretakers of these lands are meaningfully involved in how they are managed and developed. It is our goal to continue to build relationships with Indigenous peoples and learn how to better amplify and incorporate their voices in our work.