Salmonid Enhancement Program

The Salmonid Enhancement Program (SEP) plays a key role in DFO's work to conserve and manage Pacific salmon stocks. The program's activities aim to rebuild vulnerable salmon stocks, provide harvest opportunities, work with First Nations and coastal communities in economic development, and improve fish habitat to sustain salmon populations. SEP broke new ground when it was launched in 1977 by working closely with citizens and schools to raise awareness of salmon conservation and to carry out hands-on community salmon enhancement and stewardship projects. Three of the program's main activities are:

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Coho salmon: Why children and stream stewards love this Salmon in the Backyard

Photo: adult coho salmon

Many of us have personal stories of how we came to know the various salmon that inhabit our oceans, rivers and lakes here on the West Coast of Canada. For coho salmon, it might be that first salmon caught in the ocean, often from a small boat close to shore along the inlets, sounds and straits of the winding B.C. coastline.

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