A male pink salmon relaxes in the Seton Spawning channel, Seton River near Lillooet, BC. Partial funds will help support conservation measures on the Seton.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 4th, 2015
Projects will support public education and rehabilitation of salmon habitat
VANCOUVER – The Pacific Salmon Foundation today announced over $22,000 for two Pacific salmon projects in Lillooet. The total value of the projects including volunteer time and community fundraising is over $57,000. 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.
One of the projects – by the Cayoose Creek Indian Band – will involve removing sediment that is harmful to incubating salmon eggs in the Seton River. The other project is by the Lillooet Tribal Council, who will use the funds for materials in the Coho in the Classroom and Ghost Net Removal programs, both of which increase educational and fish passage opportunities in Lillooet.
"We are pleased to support both of these projects because of their positive impacts on local salmon populations," 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 Pacific Salmon Foundation's community salmon program.
"The Community Salmon Program captures the essence of what we are trying to do at the Foundation," concluded Riddell. "Government, business, First Nations and volunteers all working together – that is the best way to ensure the future of wild Pacific salmon."
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Cayoose Creek Indian Band
Lillooet Tribal Council
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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