FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2015
PACIFIC SALMON FOUNDATION PROVIDES $8,000 TO SMITHERS SALMON PROJECT
Project will support enhancement of local salmon stocks
VANCOUVER – The Pacific Salmon Foundation today announced $8,000 for a Pacific salmon project in Smithers. The total value of the project including volunteer time and community fundraising is over $32,000. 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 the Adams River Salmon Society, with the funds supporting such work as bank stabilization, stream assessment and cleanup, and habitat restoration.
“We are pleased to support the Adams River Salmon Society and their Toboggan & Chicken Creek Stream Restoration Project as it will improve coho and pink salmon spawning and rearing opportunities,” 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 project in New Hazleton 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.”
Pacific Salmon Foundation
Adams River Salmon 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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