Watershed Watch Salmon Society is a science-based charity working to defend and rebuild B.C.’s wild salmon.
Watershed Watch Salmon Society was founded two decades ago by a small group of passionate conservationists. Led by ecologist Craig Orr, they noticed that while a lot of work relating to fisheries and habitat restoration was being done on the ground on local waterways, no one was pulling together the pieces to confront policy decisions at the federal and provincial levels.
Craig and his associates launched Watershed Watch Salmon Society to fill that gap, offering scientific expertise to policy makers, and highlighting the large scale issues affecting local waterways, from fish farms to climate change.
Our Work Today
Today, though Watershed Watch is still small, with a core staff of less than 10 people, we have grown into a highly effective advocacy organization. Our work is still grounded in sound science, and as always, we tackle the complex issues facing wild salmon through collaboration with other organizations and community groups.
Over the years, we’ve learned how to use digital tools to expand our reach, but at heart, we are still a bunch of fish enthusiasts. We love nothing more than getting out in the field in our rubber boots, to collect data or maybe to swing some flies.
Watershed Watch Salmon Society involves many people beyond our paid staff and dedicated board members. We have thousands of supporters and a growing crew of volunteers who are passionate about wild salmon. Whether you read our emails, sign our petitions, donate, get out in your community to talk about our work or join us in the field, you are an important part of Watershed Watch.
“Volunteering at Watershed Watch is a fantastic way to learn about the dangers facing salmon, and how it is affecting indigenous people’s ways of life. I would recommend this diligent organization to anyone looking to volunteer.”
“Watershed Watch is an important ally for First Nations peoples in our continued struggle to safeguard wild salmon. The science provided is second to none and advocacy and support for First Nations is Five Star Gold Medal category. They are the organization I turn to every time I need science to support our work for the Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation, Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the First Nation Wild Salmon Alliance.”
We love B.C.’s wild outdoors. We love B.C. wild salmon, and we are committed to bring back wild salmon to once again thrive in waterways across the province.
Meet our Staff
Aaron thrives on combining science and policy expertise with hard-charging advocacy. His roots in rural northwest BC, and background in ecology and resource management give him a broad perspective on the importance of wild Pacific salmon to people and nature.
Shayla has worked in the nonprofit sector for over a decade, in a variety of roles responsible for business improvement processes. She values the importance of governance, administration and planning in shaping how nonprofits realize their missions.
Jace is passionate about conservation, activism, and community, and she’s a whiz with numbers and reporting. Being part of the Watershed Watch team is a dream come true. She is doing what she loves and helping create real and tangible change in the world.
Anna Kemp is a communications specialist with a background in journalism, environmental writing and community engagement. Anna is passionate about reconnecting to the natural world and building sustainable livelihoods.
Dr. Craig Orr is our founder and former executive director. He continues to represent us on the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable and advises us and Kwikwetlem First Nation on various conservation issues, including the restoration of Coquitlam sockeye.
Science & Campaign Advisor
Stan has a solid foundation in campaign strategy, particularly how it dovetails with science. He focuses on supporting First Nations and other NGOs to defend wild salmon and their ecosystems from harmful industrial activities and government mismanagement.
Connected Waters Campaign Manager
Lina has a background in community-based resource management and has worked extensively on protecting aquatic habitats and species at risk. She is working to reconnect and restore salmon habitat in the Lower Fraser watershed impacted by flood infrastructure.
Meghan has worked for Watershed Watch as Field Coordinator since completing her Masters in Ecological Restoration in 2018. She mainly works on riparian restoration and water quality monitoring projects, in addition to hosting events and coordinating volunteers.
Tanis Gower is a registered professional biologist from the Comox Valley who has been working on aquatic ecosystems restoration and water policy for over 20 years. She works with Watershed Watch on a range of projects related to water management and wild salmon.
Consultant and Fisheries Advisor
Greg Taylor has worked in the B.C. seafood industry for over 30 years. During his career he has chaired several industry associations and boards and has taken an active interest in developing sustainable salmon fisheries, working closely with First Nations.
Vicky Husband, noted environmentalist and recipient of the Order of Canada, is a seasoned advocate for sustainable fisheries, and a senior advisor to Watershed Watch. Vicky has given more than 40 years to conservation issues in B.C.
Board of Directors
Wayne Halabourda, designer, maker, and teacher, has served on the Watershed Watch Board for well over a decade. An ardent angler and outdoors enthusiast, he has also volunteered with the Seymour Salmonid Society.
Preet Pall specializes in customizing employee benefits and executive benefits, with over 20 years of experience. She has an extensive background in charitable work. She also enjoys the outdoors and loves to travel.
Rich Ronyecz was born and raised on Vancouver Island, and enjoys all outdoor activities, including the passionate pursuit of salt and freshwater fish. As a pharmacist, he seeks to be informed, especially on subjects affecting our watersheds and health.
Eric Hobson has three decades of experience as an entrepreneur, executive and philanthropist. His charitable organization, SOS Marine Conservation Foundation co-founded Kuterra, the first land based closed containment atlantic salmon farm in North America.
Autumn Longley is a CPA, CA with over 20 years experience in the public and private sectors. Autumn was born in Washington State and has lived all over the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys hiking, singing and travelling.