Projects & Series

Speaking for the Salmon

World Summit on Salmon
June 10-13, 2003

Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Simon Fraser University
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

See also: Workshop Archive

Followed by a community workshop on Vancouver Island
June 14–16, 2003

Sponsored by the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Arts
and the Centre for Coastal Studies, Simon Fraser University

The World Summit on Salmon examined the current status of global fisheries, the recent collapse of coastal ecosystems and the future prospects of endangered and depleted fish stocks, and applied the lessons learned to improve the prognosis for wild salmon in the Atlantic and Pacific. A combination of discussion papers, commissioned for the summit, and invited synthesis papers together with a diversity of science-based posters assisted participants in the identification of factors that represent threats to the future of salmon, and future actions and management strategies that might mitigate these threats and ensure the conservation of wild salmon.

Leading experts and participants discussed current stock status for salmon in the Pacific and North Atlantic; knowledge gaps in salmon science, factors threatening the future of wild salmon including climate change, aquaculture and hatchery policies, overfishing, habitat destruction, urbanization and pollution. Salmon conservation solutions such as government policies for the protection of wild salmon; application of the precautionary principle and approach; marine reserves; full –cost accounting; incentives to prevent overfishing; and other management strategies were also discussed.

A record of the meeting is available below (see proceedings) as is the summit agenda and speaker biographies.

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Download the entire document (in the "Proceedings" section) or choose a single article (in the "Articles" section). All can be downloaded from the "Resources" section below.

These proceedings are available for purchase for $30 (plus GST and shipping) by contacting Jennifer Penikett at or 778-782-4893.


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Continuing Studies in Science gratefully acknowledges the grant from Fisheries and Oceans Canada to the Linking Science and Local Knowledge node of the Ocean Management Research Network for the publication of these proceedings.

We would also like to thank the program sponsors for their generous support in making the student and NGO bursaries, workshop and website possible. They are:

  • Atlantic Salmon Federation
  • BC Aboriginal Fisheries Commission
  • BC Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection
  • BC Salmon Marketing Council
  • BC Sports Fishing Institute
  • Environment Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
  • Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation Council
  • Sierra Club of BC
  • Simon Fraser University: Centre for Coastal Studies; Dean of Science;
  • Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
  • Tides Canada
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • Vancouver Foundation, Living Rivers Trust Fund
  • Watershed Watch Salmon Society
  • Wild Salmon Center
  • World Wildlife Fund

Student and NGO Bursaries provided by:

  • ESSA Technologies, Ltd.
  • LGL Ltd.
  • Archipelago Marine Research Ltd.


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