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Lost Shoe Smolt Monitoring Project

The Central Westcoast Forest Society is restoring salmon habitat and monitoring smolts in Lost Shoe Creek. Photcredit: Central Westcoast Forest Society

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3rd, 2016                
 

PACIFIC SALMON FOUNDATION PROVIDES ALMOST $30,000 TO SALMON PROJECTS ON THE WEST COAST OF VANCOUVER ISLAND
Three Groups Receive Grants for Pacific Salmon Projects
 

VANCOUVER –   The Pacific Salmon Foundation today announced almost $30,000 for four Pacific salmon projects on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The total value of the projects including volunteer time and community fundraising is over $450,000.  The Foundation’s Community Salmon Program supports habitat stewardship, Pacific salmon enhancement and watershed education, and is funded primarily from sales of the federal government’s Salmon Conservation Stamp.  
 
“We are pleased to support these projects on the west coast of Vancouver Island,” said Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation.  “I want to specifically acknowledge the work that the Central Westcoast Forest Society will be doing on the English Cove Watershed, as that project is a partnership with the federal government’s Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program.”  
 
The projects on the west coast of Vancouver Island are:

Central Westcoast Forest Society

  • English Cove Watershed Restoration Project-Stage I1
  • Lost Shoe Creek Smolt Trap Monitoring Project

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Fisheries Department

  • Kennedy River Sockeye Enumeration Project

Thornton Creek Enhancement Society

  • Thornton/Toquaht Chinook Sea Pen Site Selection

The Foundation’s Community Salmon Program supports community groups, volunteers and First Nations across the province.  All give countless hours each year to monitor watersheds, develop and implement habitat rehabilitation projects, and educate communities about the conservation and protection of salmon. The program requires grantees to find local matching funds for projects. On average, grantees raise an additional seven dollars for every dollar they receive through cash and in-kind donations at the community level.  

The majority of funds generated each year for the Community Salmon Program come through sales of the federal Salmon Conservation Stamp.  The Salmon Conservation Stamp is a decal that must be purchased annually by anglers if they wish to keep Pacific salmon caught in saltwater off of Canada’s West Coast. Currently all proceeds from the $6 stamp are returned to British Columbia through the Foundation, generating over $1 million for community grants annually.

In addition to funds generated from the Salmon Conservation Stamp, these grants are made possible by Pacific Salmon Foundation fundraising dinners, auctions and donations from individuals, foundations and businesses. One such fundraising event is the annual Port Alberni Dinner & Auction, which will be held Saturday, November 5 at the Echo Centre. Several B.C. businesses also contribute to the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Community Salmon Program, with major corporate support from TimberWest and Goldcorp.  

“The Community Salmon Program is the heart of the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s work,” concluded Dr. Riddell. “By working together with Government, business, First Nations, communities and volunteers, we can find the best way to ensure the future of wild Pacific salmon.”

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Contact:               Stephen Bruyneel, 604-842-1971 sbruyneel@psf.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 

Stephen Bruyneel
Communications Officer
Pacific Salmon Foundation
6048421971
sbruyneel@psf.ca 

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