Members of the Alberni Valley Enhancement Association gather at the Dave Chitty Resource centre named in honour of long-serving volunteer with the group.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2016
PACIFIC SALMON FOUNDATION PROVIDES ALMOST $75,000 TO PORT ALBERNI SALMON PROJECTS
Two Local Organizations Receive Grants for Pacific Salmon Projects
VANCOUVER – The Pacific Salmon Foundation today announced almost $75,000 for eight Pacific salmon projects in Port Alberni – five by the West Coast Aquatic Stewardship Association and three by the Alberni Valley Enhancement Association. The total value of the projects including volunteer time and community fundraising is over $700,000. 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 all of the projects by the West Coast Aquatic Stewardship Association and the Alberni Valley Enhancement Association,” said Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation. “Together, they represent a great mix of salmon education, habitat restoration and stewardship, all key components of our Community Salmon Program.”
The projects in Port Alberni are:
West Coast Aquatic Stewardship Association:
Alberni Valley Enhancement Association:
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 dollar 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 upcoming Port Alberni dinner and auction to be held on 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 and volunteers, we can find the best way to ensure the future of wild Pacific salmon.”
Contact: Stephen Bruyneel, 604-842-1971 email@example.com
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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