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Diver planting eelgrass shoots

Partial funds will support eelgrass transplants in the Campbell River estuary.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11th, 2015

Four projects will support education, training and habitat rehabilitation

VANCOUVER –   The Pacific Salmon Foundation today announced over $5,500 for four Pacific salmon projects in Campbell River.  The total value of the projects including volunteer time and community fundraising is almost $35,000.  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 being funded is the Canada Goose Banding Project by the Discovery Coast Greenways Land Trust, which will involve a survey to find out what impacts geese may be having on estuarine salmon habitat, and to development a management plan to address any impacts that may be occurring.

“We are pleased to support the Canada Goose Banding Project because it will study something that we haven’t look at before with respect to potential impacts on salmon, “said Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation.  

The other projects in Campbell River are: 

  • Stream to Sea Program: Habitat attributes between two adjacent salmon producing watersheds in Campbell River will be studied by students at Timberline Secondary
  • Habitat and Estuary Clean Up and Renewing the Bottom: The Tyee Club of BC will be leading these projects, which involve removing debris from the Campbell River estuary and transplanting eelgrass, both of which will help improve salmon habitat  

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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Contact:    

Pacific Salmon Foundation
•    Michael Meneer, 604-664-7664 ext. 127, mmeneer@psf.ca     
•    Stephen Bruyneel, 604-842-1971 sbruyneel@psf.ca 

Discovery Coast Greenways Land Trust
•    Cynthia Bendickson, 250-287-3785 greenways@greenwaystrust.ca 

Timberline Secondary 
•    Dan Klinka, , 250-923-9500  dan.klinka@sd72.bc.ca 

Tyee Club of BC
•    Floyd Ross, 250-286-1697 fgross@telus.net 

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

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Jollean Willington
Manager, Media and Public Relations
jwillington@psf.ca
778 - 881 - 7792