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September 19, 2020
$29,000 granted by Pacific Salmon Foundation for “Heart of the Fraser” Study
VANCOUVER – The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) announced a $29,250 grant to identify critical Pacific salmon habit meriting protection in the Fraser River. The Outdoor Recreation Council of BC received the grant from the PSF Community Salmon Program (CSP). The total value of the project, which includes community fundraising, in-kind contributions and volunteer time, is $70,450, focused on key Pacific salmon habitats in the Fraser River.
"Support from the PSF for our Fraser River juvenile salmon study will enable us to gather key information that will be crucial to efforts to better manage and protect the Heart of the Fraser, one of the most productive stretches of river on Earth for wild salmon,’’ Mark Angelo, Outdoor Recreation Council Rivers Chair. “This project will document seasonal use of flooded islands by juvenile salmonids within the Fraser River floodplain, with a particular focus on use by upper and mid Fraser juvenile Chinook Salmon.”
Heart of the Fraser River, provided by Outdoor Recreation Council Rivers, June 2020
“The Pacific Salmon Foundation is keen to support the crucial habitat assessment and data collection work done by the organizers and volunteers that bring projects like this to life. We are grateful to Mark Angelo and the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC who will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of BC Rivers Day this year, an event that inspired the creation of World Rivers Day,” says Michael Meneer, Pacific Salmon Foundation President and CEO. “By working together with community organizations, government, First Nations, businesses, and volunteers, we can find solutions together and the best way to ensure the future of Pacific salmon across the province.”
Set for September 27th 2020, BC Rivers Day and World Rivers Day will host a variety of events, both physical and virtual, around the globe in preparation for the world’s largest celebration of rivers and the many lifeforms they sustain.
PSF’s Community Salmon Program is funded primarily from sales of the federal government’s Salmon Conservation Stamp. The Salmon Stamp is purchased annually by saltwater anglers who participate in the public fishery. Proceeds from the $6 stamp are returned to British Columbia through PSF, generating nearly $1.5 million for community grants annually.
This spring PSF has awarded more than $1.2M in grants to 117 grassroots salmon conservation projects across British Columbia. The value of these projects is nearly $10M Including local fundraising and volunteerism. Thousands of volunteers will be supported to:
The Province of British Columbia also contributed funds to Community Salmon Program as part of a $5 million grant, through 2023 to address the immediate and ongoing needs of Pacific salmon and their habitats.
Community Salmon Program grants support projects from across British Columbia and the Yukon, with a focus on habitat stewardship, salmon enhancement, science and education. In addition to funds generated from the Salmon Conservation Stamp, and from the Province of BC, these grants are made possible by corporate donations from Trans Mountain, Mosaic Forest Management, BC Hydro, Enbridge, Methanex, Seaspan, FortisBC Energy. Funds are also raised through Pacific Salmon Foundation fundraising dinners, auctions and donations from individuals, foundations and businesses.
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