The Powell River Salmon Society operates four hatcheries in Powell River to enhance local fisheries. Photocredit: Powell River Salmon Society
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3rd, 2016
PACIFIC SALMON FOUNDATION PROVIDES OVER $43,000 TO POWELL RIVER SALMON PROJECT
Powell River Salmon Society Receives Grant for Pacific Salmon Project
VANCOUVER – The Pacific Salmon Foundation today announced almost $43,000 for a Pacific salmon project in Powell River organized by the Powell River Salmon Society. The total value of the project including volunteer time and community fundraising is over $220,000. 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.
“We are pleased to support the Powell River Salmon Society,” said Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation. “Their project will replace 30-year old plumbing and storage infrastructure at Duck Lake Hatchery to decrease risk of fish losses from equipment failure.”
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 local matching funds for projects. On average, grantees raise an additional seven dollars for every dollar they receive through cash and in-kind donations at the community level.
The majority of funds generated each year for the Community Salmon Program come 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 stamp are returned to British Columbia through the Foundation, generating over $1 million for community grants annually.
In addition to funds generated from the Salmon Conservation Stamp, these grants are made possible by Pacific Salmon Foundation fundraising dinners, auctions and donations from individuals, foundations and businesses. One such fundraising event is the upcoming Powell River Dinner and Auction on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Dwight Hall in Powell River. Several B.C. businesses also contribute to the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Community Salmon Program, with major corporate support from TimberWest and Goldcorp.
“The Community Salmon Program is the heart of the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s work,” concluded Dr. Riddell. “By working together with Government, business, First Nations, communities and volunteers, we can find the best way to ensure the future of wild Pacific salmon.”
Contact: Stephen Bruyneel, 604-842-1971 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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