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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 30, 2015

 

Project will support student and public education about salmon 

VANCOUVER –   The Pacific Salmon Foundation today announced $12,000 for a Pacific salmon project in Burns Lake.  The total value of the project including volunteer time and community fundraising is over $42,000.  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.

The project is by Lake Babine Nation, with the funds going towards building a mobile salmon interpretive trailer to help to educate school and public groups about salmon and related ecological and social issues.

“We are pleased to support Lake Babine Nation, as their Mobile Salmon Interpretive Center will be an excellent way to educated both students and the general public about salmon,” said Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation.  

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 matching funds for projects. On average, grantees raise an additional six dollars for every dollar they receive through additional fundraising for donations of in-kind and money at the community level. 

The majority of funds for the Community Salmon Program were generated 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 about $1 million for community grants annually.

In addition to funds generated from the sales of the federal “Salmon Stamp”, the grants are made possible by Pacific Salmon Foundation fundraising dinners, auctions and donations from individuals, foundations and businesses. Several businesses and foundations also contribute to the community salmon program.  The project in Burns Lake was also supported in part through a donation by TransCanada to the Foundation’s Community Salmon Program.

“TransCanada is proud to support the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s (PSF) Community Salmon program,” said Alex Pourbaix, EVP and President, Development at TransCanada. “Thanks to this program, communities and Aboriginal groups in northern B.C. are engaging in great work to protect Pacific salmon habitat by implementing salmon conservation initiatives in their own backyards.”

“We are also thrilled to support PSF’s ongoing research to identify the factors affecting Pacific salmon in the Skeena watershed – a critical need identified by PSF and the many surrounding communities that depend on this important resource.”

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Contact:              

Pacific Salmon Foundation

Lake Babine Nation

TransCanada

  • Davis Sheremata, 403.920.7859 or 800.608.785

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

Media Contacts

For media inquiries contact:
Jollean Willington
Manager, Media and Public Relations
jwillington@psf.ca
778 - 881 - 7792