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Wednesday, 04 November 2015

Win a Fishing Reel: Donate by December 31st at midnight!

PEETZ Outdoors is challenging donors to support the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project with a handcrafted mahogany and brass reel featuring carvings by Kwagiulth master carver Jason Henry Hunt. This is the last of six commissioned hand-numbered ‘Artist Proofs’ signed and uniquely embellished by the artist. All have been donated to charitable initiatives with some valued at more than $5,000 each through live auction. For every $100 tax-recieptable  donation you make by December 31st at midnight, you will be entered to win this reel. So $500 means five entries! Your donation will support the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project to help restore wild Coho and Chinook fisheries in the Strait of Georgia, which have declined by 90% in the last two decades. The Project will also boost the entire BC fishery. Here's why.

Fraser salmon are BC salmon

Did you know that the Fraser watershed is the largest contributor to the entire B.C. fishery? That’s because salmon travel, often for thousands of kilometers in a lifetime. So when you’re catching a fish at your favorite spot in Haida Gwaii or on the Central Coast of BC, you could be catching a fish returning to its natal stream in the lower mainland. That’s why the Pacific Salmon Foundation is leading Canadian efforts for the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project to address factors that are killing young salmon in the Strait of Georgia, before they leave for open ocean, and ultimately return via fisheries all along the B.C. coast.

Salish Sea Marine Survival Project

The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project (The Project) is a five-year $20 million initiative to research and restore Coho, Chinook and Steelhead populations in the US/ Canadian waters of the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia, Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca). The $10 million budget for Canadian efforts targeted at the Strait of Georgia is almost fully-funded, but relies on annual donations of $400,000 to keep the Project going at full speed. Donate today and your donation will be magnified with a matching fund of up to $55,000 and every $100 increment donated will get an entry to win a hand-carved Artist Proof reel. So a $500 donation means five entries.

Salmon aquaculture, seals, habitat loss…

Studies suggest that causes for declining salmon populations occur in the early marine phase of their lifecycle in the Salish Sea before leaving for open ocean. Coho, Chinook and Steelhead have experienced ten-fold declines in survival during the marine phase.

Historically, our collective understanding of what drives salmon and Steelhead survival in saltwater has been fragmented, and acknowledged as a critical information gap that needs to be addressed to make real progress toward salmon recovery and sustainable fisheries. The Project will be the first time the Salish Sea has been studied from an ecosystem context, considering the interaction of all factors that could be affecting salmon. These factors include salmon aquaculture, hatchery production, seal predation, loss of habitat, loss of forage fish, ocean acidification, harmful algae blooms, and more.

How Your Donation Can Help

Donors of the Project can expect a 4:1 leverage, meaning every dollar you donate actually has the impact of $4. This is because the project leverages the resources of 33 Canadian partners, many who are providing access to salaried staff, labs, scientific equipment, vessel and professional collaborations.

Directed donations will help fund key components of the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, such as:

  • Research and restoration of the kelp and eelgrass that are critical habitat for juvenile salmon; and monitoring and assessment of harmful algae blooms and potential ecosystem impacts. (These projects each cost upwards of $50,000 annually.)
  • Operation of “citizen science” boats to collect oceanographic data and assess annual changes in the Strait of Georgia. (Each vessel costs about $15,000 per year to operate.)
  • Support university researchers who are using cutting-edge genomics to study potential for disease in wild, hatchery and aquaculture salmon – of particular interest for people concerned about possible disease-transfer from salmon farms to wild salmon.  (We need $300,000 during the next two years to fully execute this research with Genome B.C.)

Easy ways to donate

  1. Donate online at psf.ca, click ‘Donate’
  2. Buy Christmas presents from our online store with all proceeds supporting salmon conservation
  3. Contact Cory Matheson at (604) 664-7664 or support@psf.ca to discuss giving opportunities.