FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2020
$56,900 granted to Powell River Community Salmon projects by the Pacific Salmon Foundation
VANCOUVER – The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) announces grants for two projects in the Powell River area totaling $56,900 through the PSF Community Salmon Program (CSP). The total value of the projects, which includes community fundraising, contributions and volunteer time, is $567,675 and is focused on stewardship, education and outreach in the Powell River area.
Volunteers taking part in stock assessment activities during a chinook egg take at the Alex Dobler Salmon Centre, Powell River, fall 2019
“This project is a worthwhile collaboration between PSF, Tla’amin Nation and DFO which will provide benefits to both the enhancement of Pacific salmon at Tla’amin Salmon Hatchery, but will also help to improve safety of hatchery staff as well. The expected outcomes include improved fish health and survival of 170,000 Chinook, 60,000 adipose clipped Coho, and 1.4 million Chum salmon, the improved health & safety of six hatchery staff, and provide increased hatchery capacity allowing flexibility of hatchery activities and operations,” Laura Terry, Community Advisor, DFO Salmon Enhancement Program.
“Our important stock enhancement work would not be possible without the support of the Pacific Salmon Foundation,” Shane Dobler, Hatchery Manager, Powell River Salmon Society. This grant will support 150 volunteers to capture, incubate, rear and release 850,000 Chinook, 500,000 Chum and 300,000 Coho for commercial, recreational and Indigenous fisheries.
“Supporting community salmon projects across the province is crucial at this time. The Community Salmon Program values its partnerships and the good work of First Nations and organizations such as the Tla'amin Nation, the Powell River Salmon Society, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. By working together, we can find solutions to ensure the future of Pacific salmon across the province,” says Michael Meneer, Pacific Salmon Foundation President and CEO.
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.
The Powell River community is also a strong financial contributor through the annual PSF Powell River Dinner and Auction. Though postponed this year, the local organizing committee are hopeful that the event will be able to return in 2021.
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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