Students release salmon fry into streams as part of DFO's Salmonids in the Classroom Program. Photocredit: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Part of 31 Grants for Salmon Incubators in Schools Across B.C.
VANCOUVER – The Pacific Salmon Foundation has announced that New Westminster Secondary School is one of 31 schools across the province that received grants to purchase Pacific salmon incubators as part of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Salmonids in the Classroom curriculum.
“The Salmonids in the Classroom program is a perfect fit with the education pillar of our Community Salmon Program,” said Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation. “By bringing incubators into classrooms to raise young salmon, students get hands on experience and education related to the lifecycle of Pacific salmon and the need for conservation across British Columbia.”
The Foundation’s Community Salmon Program focuses on habitat stewardship, Pacific salmon enhancement and watershed education. 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”, Community Salmon Program grants are made possible by Pacific Salmon Foundation fundraising dinners, auctions and donations from individuals, foundations and businesses. Among the businesses that contributed to the Program in 2016 were BC Hydro, Burnco, Chevron, Methanex, Newalta, TimberWest, TransCanada, and Westcoast Resorts.
This year, the Salmonids in the Classroom program was a specific focus of a $10,000 contribution from Chevron Canada.
“The Salmonids in the Classroom program aligns perfectly with Chevron’s support for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in BC classrooms,” said Adrien Byrne, Representative for Policy, Government and Public Affairs with Chevron Canada Limited. “When the Foundation told us it had experienced a 40% increase in Salmonids in the Classroom requests over the last three years, we felt this program was a good opportunity to support salmon conservation and education in local communities.”
Overall, more than $134,000 was awarded to 56 projects as part of the Community Salmon Program’s most recent funding round. Total value of those projects – which are located in 25 communities across BC – is estimated to be over $980,000.
“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 and volunteers, we can find the best way to ensure the future of wild Pacific salmon.”
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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