Hatcheries

The Canadian Salmonid Enhancement Program (SEP) was established in the late 1970s in an attempt to improve freshwater survival of salmon. Currently there are 23 Fisheries and Oceans Canada-operated hatcheries and spawning channels, 19 contracted community and First Nation's hatcheries, and 110 volunteer facilities, however, the use of hatcheries has become a controversial issue because of concerns over the interactions between hatchery bred and wild salmon. There are also questions being raised about how salmon enhancement fits within the Wild Salmon Policy. Watershed Watch Salmon Society worked with Simon Fraser University to bring together experts on salmon enhancement and conservation for the workshop Reconciling the conservation of wild salmon and the production of enhanced salmon under Canada’s Wild Pacific Salmon Policy to further explore this issue.