With 25% of the world's coastline and 16% of the world's freshwater, Canada is well-positioned to build a stronger and vibrant blue economy in an ecologically sustainable manner. Coho salmon, a highly valued species in BC, has faced tremendous challenges from overharvesting since 1989. Despite harvest restrictions and habitat restoration effects, there has been limited progress in reverting the species' steep decline, particularly in southern BC. An interdisciplinary team of natural and social scientists embarked on a five-year project to address challenges in managing mixed-stock fisheries and hatchery-wild interactions, conserving Coho genetic diversity, and sustainability of land-based aquaculture in Canada.
Led by Drs. Willie Davidson (Simon Fraser University), Ben Koop (University of Victoria) and Louis Bernatchez (Université Laval), the team produced the
The resources and expertise developed through EPIC4 have already been translated into the current management of wild coho fishery at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. EPIC4 will continue to serve as the foundation for a sustainable aquaculture industry and effective hatchery program to help restore food and cultural securities for First Nations as well as employment in all associated communities in Canada.