Urban Salmon Project


URBAN SALMON is the FIRST DOCUMENTARY project featuring SALMONIDS in the URBAN ENVIRONMENT

Although the restoration of the watersheds and Urban Salmon are not unknown to most people and many are aware of the importance of a peaceful existence with wildlife, many don’t realise how close that Urban wildlife is to them.


There are no more salmon runs like 100 years ago, where “one could walk over fish” in the Brunette River, but Vancouverites can definitely still enjoy a beautiful run, with hundreds - even thousands - of fish, just a few bus stops away from their homes.

A female Pink Salmon. North Vancouver, BC.



In 4 YEARS we visited 29 CREEKS and RIVERS in METRO VANCOUVER

The project received in 2018 the Salmon 

Steward  award from The Pacific Salmon Foundation and in 2019 the Environmental Start award for communication from the City of Burnaby.

The PROJECT also documented other RARE and unique SPECIES.

The Nooksack dace (Rhinichthys cataractae) is one of the many endangered species found in our urban streams. They are part of the Chehalis fauna, a unique group of fish that got isolated in the Pleistocene glaciation. They are only found in four rivers in British Columbia and are protected under the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA).

Brunette River, Burnaby, BC


A COFFE TABLE BOOK was PRINTED .

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Signal crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus) is the only native species of crayfish in British Columbia. They are more resistant to lower quality water than salmon. They are part of most British Columbian childhood and can be found in good numbers throughout the urban watershed..

A coho salmon egg of around 15 days. Major structures are formed and the embryo is very active inside the egg. This photo is amplified x20 times.

Tynehead Hatchery, Surrey, BC.


The steelhead is an anadromous form of the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). They are a threatened species and many southern BC populations are collapsing and are at imminent risk of disappearing. The urban steelhead is even rarer as it needs high-quality waters.

A male steelhead displays its spawning colors in cold alpine wate


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