CAAR was formed in 2001 to ensure salmon farming in BC is safe for wild salmon, marine ecosystems, coastal communities and human health. Today the coalition has over 10,000 supporters across four continents and is comprised of the following conservation groups:
David Suzuki Foundation was established in 1991 to find and implement solutions to the planet’s most pressing environmental problems. They use science to shed light on the roots of these problems, identify alternative pathways, and then develop thought provoking, high profile communications to build broad public support for fundamental change. They have a membership base of almost 30,000, primarily from across Canada. To date, the Foundation has dedicated most of its efforts to Pacific fisheries, aquaculture, forestry and climate change issues. Their geographic scope is Canada, with a particular emphasis on “local solutions” on the West Coast.
Georgia Strait Alliance was formed in 1990 to protect and restore the marine environment and promote the sustainability of Georgia Strait (the 135 mile-long sea between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland), its adjoining waters and communities. The organization is based in Nanaimo, but carries out projects all around the region. Members include thousands of individuals along with a diverse range of about 50 organizations including community groups, fishermen, labor unions, marine industry, eco-tourism, other businesses and recreational groups. GSA carries out public education, advocacy, networking and hands-on stewardship.
Living Oceans Society is a non-profit organization promoting the conservation of marine biological diversity and the creation of sustainable fisheries through ecosystem-based management of our ocean. The group’s activities include research, education and advocacy designed to promote community-based marine resource management based on sound conservation principles. By working with stakeholders, participating in multi-stakeholder processes, organizing workshops, and sharing information and research, Living Oceans Society is part of the movement to build new approaches to conserving the health of our ocean. Living Oceans Society projects aim to advance the concepts of conservation biology, ecological and economic sustainability, co-management with stakeholders and First Nations, and people as part of the environment.
T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation works to protect and improve fish life and fish habitat in BC by encouraging policy, laws and public behavior that ensure that fish-bearing marshes, streams, rivers, lakes and marine waters are not polluted, dammed, diverted, wasted or degraded. On dozens of issues ranging from destructive logging methods to pollution from pulp mills, pesticides and sewage, they are working hard for strong environmental protection. The T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation played a leadership role in the cancellation of the Kemano Completion hydroelectricity project on the Nechako River that threatened millions of salmon in the Fraser River watershed.