The Pacific Salmon Commission

The PSC is an international decision-making organization, composed of four Commissioners (and four alternates) from the United States and Canada. This body handles ongoing administration of the Pacific Salmon Treaty through advice from four regional Panels of fisheries experts. Scientific advice on salmon populations and appropriate fishery controls comes from several joint technical committees of salmon scientists from each country.

As a treaty organization, the PSC facilitates implementation of the Treaty through research and regular meetings between national, provincial/state, First Nation, and U.S. tribal delegates to manage commercial, sport, and subsistence fisheries in both countries.

It has responsibility for all salmon originating in the waters of one country which are subject to interception by the other, affect management of the other country’s salmon or affect biologically the stocks of the other country. In addition, the Pacific Salmon Commission is charged with taking into account the conservation of steelhead trout while fulfilling its other functions.

What is the Pacific Salmon Commission ?


The Treaty specifies administrative rules such as the location and frequency of meetings; establishes fisheries management guidelines and policies...

Pacific Salmon Treaty


The Pacific Salmon Treaty (PST or Treaty) between the United States and Canada (the Parties) entered into force on March 18, 1985. The product of many years of negotiations...

Our History


Canada and the United States have marked more than a century of international engagement to share and sustain their Pacific salmon runs...

About Pacific Salmon


The five species of Pacific Salmon found along the west coast of North America are anadromous - they migrate from the ocean to freshwater to spawn...

Frequently Asked Questions


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