T. Buck Suzuki Foundation

The United Fishermen and Allied Worker's Union established the T. Buck Suzuki Foundation in 1981 to raise public awareness about the importance of fish habitat. Today, it is a non-profit organization that encourages individual and community action to protect and enhance fish habitat. The foundation was named after Tatsuro `Buck' Suzuki, a gill net salmon fisherman, widely respected for his life-long devotion to the protection of the Fraser River. Over the years, the foundation has worked with many fishing and community groups. It has a membership of 5000 and two paid staff.

The Marsh Clean-up Program, has effectively raised public awareness of the importance of fish habitat. It involves:

  • cleaning up marshes by hand so as not to damage the delicate wetland plants
  • coordinating work with the tides (high tide is used to float off heavy logs, while chain saw and wheel barrow work is carried out a low tide)
  • collecting waste from the clean-ups, especially wood waste (larger logs are towed to a log salvage depot where they are sold, while smaller logs are cut and then split into firewood)
  • placing knowledgable people on Fraser River sites where problems are being experienced

Some of the Foundation's other projects: stream rehabilitation activities; training fishermen in stream mapping; campaigning against pollution, logging and urban development that have negative impacts rivers. The T. Buck Suzuki Foundation receives substantial funding from the VanCity EnviroFund.

Category: Fisheries
Organization: T. Buck Suzuki Foundation
Address: 160 - 111 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC V5L 4C4
Phone: (604) 255-8819
Fax: (604) 255-3162
E-mail: bucksuzuki@ufawu.org
Contact: Mae Burrows