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September 10, 2020

 $162,000 granted to 12 Central and North Coast Salmon Community Projects by Pacific Salmon Foundation

VANCOUVER – The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) announces grants for 12 projects along the North and Central Coast with a total of $162,567 in grants awarded through the Community Salmon Program (CSP). The total value of the projects, which includes community fundraising, contributions and volunteer time, is $1,736,041.   

Funding from PSF will be used to purchase water temperature data loggers; identify restoration priorities in the Lower Skeena watershed; clear salmon passage obstructions near Smithers; carry out habitat rehabilitation, stock assessment, and expand education and outreach opportunities in communities.

Central and North Coast Community Salmon Program projects:

  • Bella Bella, Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department, Stock Assessment
  • Bella Coola, Nuxalk Nation, Stock Assessment
  • Burns Lake, Lake Babine Nation, Education and Outreach
  • Hazleton, Gitksan Watershed Authorities, Habitat Rehabilitation
  • Houston, A Rocha Canada, Education and Outreach
  • Kitwanga, Gitanyow Fisheries Authority, Stock Assessment
  • Klemtu, Kitasoo/Xai'xais Stewardship Authority, two Stock Assessment projects
  • Prince Rupert, North Coast Skeena First Nations Stewardship Society, Habitat Assessment & Prince Rupert Salmonid Enhancement Society, Education and Outreach
  • Smithers, Bulkley Valley Rod and Gun Club, Habitat Rehabilitation
  • Terrace, Lakelse Watershed Stewards Society, Stock Assessment

Aerial view of rock weir constructed in 2019 on Kleanza Creek, by North Coast Skeena First Nations Stewardship Society, Kitselas Lands and Resources & DFO, Terrace B.C. with the support of PSF. Photo credit Pathfinder UAV

“Support from PSF’s Community Salmon Program has been essential for the success of our current and past projects. Funding has allowed us to construct an additional rock weir at Kleanza Creek to improve spawning habitat for Pacific salmon, which increased the area of habitat restored, and collect important water temperature data throughout the Kitsumkalum watershed to support our habitat restoration program. NCSFNSS looks forward to working with PSF in the future to continue to improve salmon habitat in the Lower Skeena watershed.” Robin Brand Fish Habitat Restoration Biologist, North Coast-Skeena First Nations Stewardship Society, Prince Rupert BC.