Caption: (Clockwise from bottom right) The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans; Alison Stewart, Executive Director, Operations and Logistics, Rocky Mountaineer; Dr. Brian Riddell, CEO and President, Pacific Salmon Foundation; MP Colin Mayes, Okanagan-Shuswap
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 6, 2014
PACIFIC SALMON FOUNDATION PROVIDES $95,000 IN COMMUNITY SALMON GRANTS TO THREE PROJECTS IN OKANAGAN-SHUSWAP REGION
Part of $1.5 million in grants across British Columbia
RODERICK HAIG BROWN PROVINCIAL PARK – The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, together with Colin Mayes, MP for Okanagan-Shuswap, joined the Pacific Salmon Foundation to announce $95,000 in Community Salmon Program grants to three projects in the Okanagan Shuswap region. The announcement was made October 5th in Roderick Haig Brown Provincial Park as part of the “Salute to the Sockeye” Festival. Two of the grants were to the Adams River Salmon Society for work at nearby Scotch Creek, with the third to the Kingfisher Interpretive Centre Society for their project on the Lower Shuswap River. Funding for all of these grants was generated in part through the proceeds from anglers obtaining Salmon Conservation Stamps through Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
“The Government of Canada is committed to conserving wild Pacific salmon in British Columbia,” said Minister Shea. “Our successful Salmon Stamp program means that significant dollars are provided every year to the Pacific Salmon Foundation and their partners all across the province, so we can continue to protect one of our most important resources – wild Pacific salmon. It is particularly gratifying to see our Stamp dollars at work along the Adams River with the construction of a new observation platform and educational displays for the benefit of the tens of thousands of people, including youth who come to see the returning sockeye salmon.”
Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation, joined Minister Shea and MP Colin Mayes at the announcement of funding for the projects. “All three projects are great examples of the Community Salmon Program and its commitment to both community engagement and shared resources,” said Riddell. “While we manage the funding that comes from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and how it is granted, it is the community groups themselves that leverage their funding and do all the hard work to protect and promote salmon.”
In addition to funds generated from the federal Salmon Conservation Stamp, the grants are made possible by Pacific Salmon Foundation fundraising dinners in ten communities and donations from individuals, foundations and businesses. The projects in Roderick Haig Brown Park were also supported with a donation from Rocky Mountaineer, which has been a long-time supporter of the Pacific Salmon Foundation and salmon conservation in the Fraser River Basin.
Proceeds from the Salmon Conservation Stamp have been a particularly important source of funding, with $7.75 million received since 1989. The Salmon Conservation Stamp is a decal that must be obtained annually by anglers if they wish to keep Pacific salmon caught in saltwater off of Canada’s West Coast. In 2013, the Government of Canada committed 100 per cent of Salmon Conservation Stamp income to the Foundation, generating more than $1 million for community grants annually.
“These projects —and the work done on them by local community groups – are critical to salmon in the Okanagan-Shuswap,” added MP Colin Mayes. “Our big Adams River sockeye run every four years provides an important moment to recognize the economic, cultural and environmental importance of Pacific salmon, and I am particularly pleased to see our federal Salmon Conservation Stamp proceeds being used this year in Roderick Haig-Brown Park to improve opportunities for the public to observe and learn about the returning salmon.”
Download the 2014 Community Salmon Program Granting Round Press Kit
Michelle Imbeau, 604-666-2872, Michelle.Imbeau@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
About the Pacific Salmon Foundation:
The Pacific Salmon Foundation was created in 1987 as an independent, non-governmental, charitable organization to protect, conserve and rebuild Pacific Salmon populations in British Columbia and the Yukon. The Foundation’s mission is to be the trusted voice for conservation and restoration of wild Pacific salmon and their ecosystems and works to bring salmon back stream by stream through the strategic use of resources and local communities. www.psf.ca
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