Some funds will support a net-pen operated by the Nuu chah nuluth
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 28, 2015
Projects will support habitat rehabilitation, stock enhancement and public education
VANCOUVER – The Pacific Salmon Foundation today announced over $34,000 for seven Pacific salmon projects in Port Alberni. The total value of the projects including volunteer time and community fundraising is more than $595,000. 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 funded is the West Coast Aquatic Salmon Stewardship Centre, which is being developed by the Nuu chah nuluth First Nation and WCVI Aquatic Management Society.
“We are pleased to support the new West Coast Aquatic Salmon Stewardship Centre because it will highlight the marine and freshwater ecosystems of western Vancouver Island,” said Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation.
Two other projects -- the Chinook Net Pen in the Alberni Inlet and Plested Creek Rehabilitation – are also being done by Nuu chah nuluth First Nation and WCVI Aquatic Management Society.
The Alberni Valley Salmon Enhancement Society also has three projects being funded:
The final Port Alberni project being funded is by WCVI Aquatic Management Society alone. They will purchase field materials for their Port Alberni Schools Salmon Habitat Assessment Training, which is delivered as part of the BC science curriculum
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.”
Pacific Salmon Foundation
Nuu chah nuluth First Nation/WCVI Aquatic Management Society
Alberni Valley Enhancement Society
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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