When an operation is certified Salmon-Safe, it means the land is managed according to standards that are verified independently. Based on Salmon-Safe certification process, an operation is considered Salmon-Safe when both its impact upon the aquatic ecosystem is assessed and positive actions are taken to conserve natural habitats and ecosystems. People can use their consumer power to recognize and support these environmentally innovative landowners by choosing Salmon-Safe options in their everyday lives. When you purchase Salmon-Safe certified products, you can feel good about:
- Supporting local farms and a green economy.
- Buying healthy high quality food grown in a way that is safe for you and safe for the environment.
- Reducing the environmental impact of your purchase.
- Telling the growers that their commitment to responsible practices does make a difference.
- Providing an incentive to other landowners to transition to Salmon-Safe practices.
- Protecting Pacific salmon, an iconic symbol of our region and a resource of economic, cultural and environmental significance.
Salmon-Safe works with farmers to encourage the adoption of ecologically sustainable agricultural practices that protect water quality and native salmon. Erosion and runoff, excessive irrigation, pesticide use and lack of vegetation are a few examples of how a farm can negatively impact water quality and habitat for fish and wildlife, particularly for the iconic Pacific salmon. By adopting Salmon-Safe standards, growers help protect stream habitat and water quality by:
- Optimizing water use
- Applying natural methods to control farm pests and reducing nutrient runoff
- Controlling erosion
- Maintaining healthy riparian and in-stream habitat conditions
- Protecting wetlands and natural areas
- Promoting plant and wildlife diversity
Wine + Beer
Salmon-Safe B.C. is gaining momentum among hop growers and Okanagan-Similkameen vineyards, building on the success Salmon-Safe had in Oregon and Washington, where more than 200 vineyards have achieved Salmon-Safe certification and a growing number of hop farms are transitioning to Salmon-Safe practices as craft brewery leaders increasingly demand Salmon-Safe hops. See our interactive map for our list of certified B.C. growers. The Salmon-Safe label can be found on wines and beers made with grapes and hops that come from a Salmon-Safe grower. Look for the Salmon Safe label in your favourite liquor store, and get the satisfaction of knowing that your purchase is helping keep our rivers safe for salmon! Download our map of certified winegrowers in the Okanagan Similkameen region or see our interactive map
Commercial, industrial and residential activities, even those not immediately adjacent to streams and rivers, have long-term cumulative impacts on fish and other aquatic species. Contaminants, for example, can affect groundwater and are transported through storm drains into rivers and marine waters. Stormwater - including runoff from impervious surfaces - is the largest non-point source of pollution in urban areas! By adopting Salmon-Safe standards, landowners and property managers help protect salmon habitat and water quality by: * Capturing and infiltrating stormwater on site. * Maintaining a buffer of trees and vegetation along stream banks. * Restore streams and water courses where previous development has diverted or buried them. * Increasing the use of permeable surfaces to reduce runoff from impervious surfaces. * Using integrated pest management techniques to control weeds and pests. * Reducing water use through more efficient irrigation and drought-resistant landscaping. See our interactive map for Salmon-Safe certified sites and growers across BC.