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New West centre highlights Urban Salmon documentary

Online screening and Q&A taking place tonight
Fernando Lessa returns to Fraser River Discovery Centre (virtually) tonight to discuss his new documentary. File

Fernando Lessa is returning to Fraser River Discovery Centre to spread the word about his new documentary Urban Salmon.

Lessa is appearing via Zoom at a Faces of the Fraser event on Wednesday, April 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

"We are excited to welcome Fernando back, given his dedication to Fraser River salmon,” said Stephen Bruyneel, director of external relations and development at Fraser River Discovery Centre. “His new documentary has been getting lots of attention, and we look forward to sharing it with our guests."

Lessa aims to combine his skills as a photographer with his passion for outdoor activities and the natural world to document the important relationships between humankind and nature.

Urban Salmon is a collaborative project created with the support of Take a Stand for Conservation, which aims to inspire, motivate and empower youth to protect and conserve the environment through art, film and youth-driven actions, and the Watershed Watch Salmon Society, which works to defend and rebuild B.C.’s wild salmon. The result of four years of photography and research, Urban Salmon highlights the existence and revival of wild pacific salmon in the Metro Vancouver watershed.

Lessa’s April 7 presentation will include a screening of the 12-minute documentary and an in-depth look into the years of hard work that made this documentary possible. It will also include a question-and-answer session.

“His work encourages all of us to reconsider our place in the Fraser watershed’s ecosystems, which may be far closer and more fragile than we realize,” said a Fraser River Discovery Centre press release.

For more information about this free presentation, go to