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Seymour rock slide

Last year a rock slide in the Seymour watershed blocked passage for returning salmon.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 6th, 2015

 

Projects will involve habitat rehabilitation, stock enhancement and increasing public understanding of salmon

VANCOUVER –   The Pacific Salmon Foundation today announced over $55,000 for four Pacific salmon projects on the North Shore.  The total value of the projects including volunteer time and community fundraising is over $300,000.  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 initiatives being funded is the Indian River Watershed Restoration. The Tsleil-Waututh Nation will be making improvements to chum and coho habitat on this important salmon river in North Vancouver.

 “We are pleased to support this project because the habitat improvements are critical to the future of coho and chum salmon in the Indian River,” said Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation.  

The other projects being funded include:   

  • Seymour Slide Impact Assessment – the Seymour Salmonid Society will see if returning adult salmon returning are getting by a rock barrier created by a landslide
  • Seymour River Hatchery Education Centre and Interpretive Exhibit – the Seymour Salmonid Society will be installing new salmon exhibits and display materials
  • Fell Channel Intake Replacement – the North Shore Streamkeepers will help repair and improve salmon productivity at Mosquito Creek after a flood event.

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

Tsleil-Waututh Nation

Seymour Salmonid Enhancement Society

North Shore Streamkeepers

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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