Salmonid Enhancement Program - 40th anniversary

The Salmonid Enhancement Program has been active in communities across B.C. and the Yukon for 40 years. Unique to the Pacific Region, it has evolved into a valued program working to restore and conserve Pacific salmon stocks.

The program, known simply as SEP, sustains salmon populations and provides harvest opportunities in commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fisheries. It produces Pacific salmon by operating salmon hatcheries and spawning channels; by restoring habitat in rivers, streams and wetlands; and by supporting citizen involvement in activities to enhance salmon, restore habitat and improve watershed stewardship.

SEP has been innovative in engaging citizens in hands-on activities to revitalize salmon in their neighbourhood streams. The program was built on the belief that public awareness and the involvement of community groups, First Nations, schools and individuals is crucial to the long-term protection of salmon.

Over the years, SEP has evolved and adapted to changing needs and priorities to stay current and relevant. Collectively the program: