About Us - Defend the Heart of the Fraser River

About Us


We are a coalition of concerned groups who together have a membership and reach of over 250,000 British Columbians. Together we represent a wide range of interests and concerns about the environment, from the resilience of watersheds, the health and vitality of salmon populations, our ability to access fish for food and recreation, a deep concern for the state of the southern resident killer whales, a shared love of water and a deep respect of life-sustaining waterways such as the Fraser River.

We’ve come together to stand up for the Heart of the Fraser with a vision to conserve the floodplain and river islands, restore the riparian zones and work with all levels of government to ensure a sustainable plan for the health of the river.

We acknowledge the First Nations as stewards and rights holders of these lands and waters. As such we look for opportunities to support and collaborate towards reconciliation both on and off the water, for the fish and for the people.


Coalition Members


Watershed Watch Salmon Society

We are a science-based charity that advocates for BC’s wild salmon and the waters where they swim. Since 1998, Watershed Watch has been exposing threats to salmon and their habitats, calling for conservation action, and promoting solutions.


BC Wildlife Federation

We are a conservation organization representing more than 40,000 members in ten regions of the province whose aims are to protect, enhance and promote the wise of use of the environment for the benefit of present and future generations.


BCIT Rivers Institute

The BCIT Rivers Institute is focused on the protection and restoration of rivers, streams, estuaries, lakes, and wetlands in British Columbia. We provide guidance and expertise for community-based restoration initiatives, conducting applied research, and mentoring the next generation of ecological restoration professionals.


Outdoor Recreation Council of BC

The Outdoor Recreation Council represents the interests of the public outdoor recreation and conservation community, Representing more than 40 groups and 100,000 members, the Council is an advocate for public recreational access as well as the responsible use and management of BC's outdoors. 


BC Federation of Drift Fishers

The BCFDF is a provincial organization dedicated to the protection of our natural resources and preservation of angler opportunities for future generations. We will continue to work with other like-minded organizations and continue our efforts to work with First Nations.


Raincoast Conservation

Raincoast is a team of conservationists and scientists empowered by our research to protect the lands, waters, and wildlife of coastal British Columbia. We use rigorous, peer-reviewed science and community engagement to further our conservation objectives. Given the importance of Fraser River salmon ecologically, culturally and economically, Raincoast has initiated a Lower Fraser River Salmon Conservation Program. Our goal is to see healthy populations of wild salmon returning to the Lower Fraser River.


ARMS LogoAlouette River Management Society

The Alouette River Management Society (ARMS) is dedicated to proactively protecting and improving the Alouette Watershed and surrounding areas by creating a healthy environment connecting parks, trail systems, public centers and waterways.