Minister Joe Oliver at the Vancouver Board of Trade flanked by Dr. Brian Riddell and Michael Meneer of the Pacific Salmon Foundation
For Immediate Release
April 21, 2015
STATEMENT OF DR. BRIAN RIDDELL, PACIFIC SALMON FOUNDATION
Federal Budget Supports Research and Restoration of Pacific Salmon in the Salish Sea
Vancouver – Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation, made the following statement today responding to the release of the 2015 federal budget. If enacted, the budget would provide $2 million to support the Foundation’s Salish Sea Marine Survival Project. This funding, along with the contributions and continuing support of many donors, will ensure that this important research and restoration project is fully funded.
Dr. Riddell said: “I commend Finance Minister Joe Oliver and the Government of Canada for supporting the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Salish Sea Marine Survival Project with a $2 million contribution through Budget 2015. I certainly have to thank the B.C. Conservative Caucus, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea, and our many individual, foundation and corporate supporters. With continuing support from our donors, we’ll now focus on program delivery and getting answers.”
The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project is the largest study to-date with a goal to understand what is limiting salmon production in B.C.’s local seas and to restore once-thriving fisheries for coho and Chinook salmon in the Strait of Georgia. These fisheries declined dramatically in the mid 1990’s and little has been done in a coordinated fashion to understand why they went away, let alone to try and restore them. Their loss resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue annually.
The project, while led by the Pacific Salmon Foundation, is a partnership in cooperation with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, B.C. universities and other conservation NGO’s. Prior to today’s announcement, 80% of the project's total $10 million budget had been raised through donations and pledges from individual donors, philanthropic foundations, endowments and the private sector. The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project is international in scope, including a parallel, but separately funded, program within Puget Sound managed by the Long Live the Kings organization in Seattle, WA.
MP Andrew Saxton (North Vancouver), MP John Weston (West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country) and MP Robert Sopuck (Manitoba) deserve special acknowledgement because they championed this request during the budget process in Ottawa, as well as Minister James Moore, the senior minister in British Columbia, MP Randy Kamp (Pitt Meadows) and Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea, all of whom offered leadership on behalf of the proposal within Cabinet.”
Following the announcement, MP John Weston said: “Congratulations to an organization that exemplifies best practices, not only in fisheries, but also more generally the environment, both of which are critical for British Columbians. Pacific Salmon Foundation, by working with 30,000 volunteers in British Columbia, has consistently made a case that our fisheries are our economic and environmental treasure for current and future generations. The Foundation has effectively engaged other members of government and me, in my parliamentary role to pursue a great outcome for all Canadians.”
Contact: Michael Meneer, (778) 990-0464, firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional details about the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project are available here: https://www.psf.ca/sites/default/files/PSF-Salish-Sea-Case-Statement_Web.pdf
Regular updates on the progress of the project will be available here:
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