Together We Are Stronger
Save Our Salmon has merged with the Watershed Watch Salmon Society
Effective on January 1st, 2015, the SOS Marine Conservation Foundation (SOS/Save Our Salmon) has merged with the Watershed Watch Salmon Society (WWSS/Watershed Watch) in order to focus resources and be an even stronger force in reducing the impacts of overfishing, habitat destruction, unsustainable aquaculture, irresponsible hydro development, and government indifference, on BC’s wild salmon and the marine environment.
For further information on the merger and examples of past collaboration between SOS and WWSS, please see below.
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Details on the merger of SOS and WWSS
Current SOS initiatives focused on sustainable aquaculture will now operate through WWSS. Eric Hobson, past president of SOS, will join the Board of Watershed Watch. Eric will also continue as Vice-Chair of the Board for KUTERRA. Effective January 1, 2015, Dr. Craig Orr will retire as Executive Director of WWSS, passing the role of Executive Director to Aaron Hill. Dr. Orr will continue to be actively engaged as a Conservation Advisor on key issues such as salmon aquaculture and local projects in Coquitlam. Members of the SOS Solutions Advisory Committee (SAC), will continue with Watershed Watch, investing their efforts and expertise into the many issues facing BC’s Wild Salmon upon which so much depends. Dr. Craig Orr will also join the SAC. Jackie Hildering, past Communications Director for SOS will be focussing her efforts on marine education and whale research through “The Marine Detective” and the Marine Education and Research Society. For further information on the merger or other details, please contact WWSS Operations Director, Trish Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Examples of Recent Collaboration Between WWSS and SOS
Environmental petitions to the Auditor General of Canada regarding the Cohen Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye in the Fraser River.
- Relaying opportunities for comment regarding proposed regulatory changes and expansion applications.
- Maintaining the Cohen Report Card which tracks deadlines and (in)action on the Cohen Commission’s Final Recommendations.
- Tracking open net-pen Atlantic salmon farm expansion applications and providing on line summaries
- Media releases and letters to the editor on issues related to protecting wild salmon and the marine environment.
- Bulletins on important events e.g. the 2nd anniversary of the Cohen Final Report Recommendations.
Regulatory (working together with the Pacific Salmon Foundation and the David Suzuki Foundation as the Conservation Regulatory Working Group):
- Inputting collectively on concerns about open-net Atlantic salmon farm expansion applications e.g. Hope Island.
- Attempting to achieve greater transparency and input of independent science into the Aquaculture Management Advisory Committee (AMAC) process.
- Commenting on DFO’s review of marine finfish aquaculture siting criteria
- Commenting on the proposed Aquaculture Activities Regulations which would allow the dumping of waste, pesticides and drugs into the marine environment