Mike Saunders

Mark Saunders - Chairperson, International Year of the Salmon, North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission, Vancouver, B.C.

Mark Saunders currently works for the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission Secretariat in Vancouver, BC, Canada,  as the Director for the North Pacific Region of the International Year of the Salmon initiative.  He recently retired from the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans where he headed up a Salmon, Aquaculture and Freshwater Ecology Division at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, B.C. .  The first half of Mark’s career focused on stock assessment of marine fish and from 2003-2009 he worked with the Department's Policy Branch assisting with the development and implementation of Canada’s Wild Salmon Policy.  Mark and his wife Gail, live in the small town of Chemainus on Vancouver Island and they have two grown daughters and a new Bernadoodle puppy.  In his spare time, Mark enjoys sailing, kayaking, cycling, skiing, and fishing.