“Outdoor storyteller”, that’s how Fernando could best be described. Drawing from his passion for outdoors sports, Biology degree, and master’s degree in Photography, he specializes in the documenting the relation in between man and mother nature.

Fernando has strong experience in the field, having worked on projects in a wide variety of areas, including the untouched Amazon forest, the unique Brazilian savannah, the tropical rainforest of Brazil and the Atlantic Ocean. Urban Salmon is Fernando’s first project in North America.

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In support of Science Literacy Week come and discover Fernando Lessa's beautiful underwater photography of our urban salmon runs, including Burnaby's stoney creek and Burnette River. Learn ho we can maintain our streams and creeks so salmon will continue to come back and spawn.              

Copies of Fernando's book Urban Salmon will be available for purchase.   

Register online, at any branch or call 604-522

Under the Surface - Vancouver's Urban Salmon

Saturday, October 5, 1 pm to 2:30 pmRegistration Required: Phone 604-990-3755.Cost:$9Presenter: Fernando Lessa

For thousands of years, millions of salmon completed their epic oceanic journeys and returned home to the estuaries and rivers of early Vancouver. Much has changed in the last 150 years - most of the streams are gone and urban development and runoff impact the remaining salmon. Fernando Lessa, author and photographer of Urban Salmon, will take us on an incredible photographic journey underneath our local rivers to experience the natural beauty of our urban waterways and inspire us to protect these fragile ecosystems.

The Urban Salmon Project is the first photography project featuring salmonids in the urban environment. The Project is the work of “Outdoor storyteller” Fernando Lessa, who specializes in the freshwater environments. He spent over two years photographing and documenting the fish and their natural habitats in various Metropolitan watersheds.

Fernando will join us for a presentation and Q&A in the FRDC’s Canyon Theatre. He will also bring with him copies of the Urban Salmon Project coffee table book, which will be available for purchase and signing.

Clients & Partners

Recent Publications

Heart of The Fraser” - Vancouver, March 2019.

“ The Urban Salmon: a Photographic Voyage into the Metro Vancouver watershed.” Vancouver, Bc; Feb 2019.

“ Update in the Photography of live fish specimens “ - Brazilian Ichthyology Society Bulletin, Brazil. ; March 2018.

“ Beautiful photos of the salmon run in British Columbia “ - Daily Hive.- http://dailyhive.com/ - Nov. 2017.

“ Photographer chronicles the underwater life of salmon in the city” - Langley Timer - https://www.langleytimes.com . Feb. 2018.

“ Capturing the elusive Nooksack dace “  - Burnaby Now, Burnaby; BC. Sep 2017.

“ Canadian Salmon “   - Underwater photography Magazine, UK. May 2017.

“ Serra Bonita Reserve -  Hope in the Tropical Atlantic Forest “   National Geographic Brazil website. Sep 2016.

“ A Journey into the Juruena River “           National Geographic Brazil website. Oct 2016.

“ Yes! We have big wall climbing!”             - Montanhas Magazine, Sep. 2015, Brazil.

“ Surprise in the Brazilian Savannah “ - Mergulho Magazine, May 2014; Brazil.


Environmental Star Award 2019. City of Burnaby; BC.

Pacific Salmon Stewart Award  2018. Pacific Salmon Foundation, Vancouver; BC.

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