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May 7, 2020

Pacific Salmon Foundation Announces $1.2M to 117 Grassroots Salmon Projects

VANCOUVER – Today, Pacific Salmon Foundation is announcing more than $1.2M in grants to 117 grassroots salmon conservation projects across British Columbia. The value of these projects is nearly $10M Including local fundraising and volunteerism. Thousands of volunteers will be supported to:

  • Restore salmon habitat in streams, rivers and estuaries
  • Operate conservation hatcheries & related education programs.
  • Undertake a variety of “citizen science” projects to help better understand the challenges Pacific salmon face amidst climate change.

“Pacific salmon are crucial to marine ecosystems throughout the West Coast and they hold incredible cultural significance for First Nations and British Columbians. I am very proud of our Government’s continued partnership with Pacific Salmon Foundation and look forward to the results of these vital restoration and conservation projects. By working together, through real collaboration, we will be able to rebuild this critical stock,” Hon. Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard.

“These projects and the people behind them will help wild salmon return to B.C.’s streams and rivers, and will let communities share the environmental, social and economic benefits salmon bring with them,” said B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham, “British Columbians are known for their volunteer spirit and while we still have to follow the recommendations of public health officials, these programs will provide opportunities for people to get back to what they love doing as we work to protect Pacific Salmon throughout B.C.”

“Given this challenging time, we at the Pacific Salmon Foundation are carrying on by continuing to support the important work of community and First Nations salmon stewards through our Community Salmon Program. Our announcement today is to send a strong and clear message that the work of salmon stewardship at the community level is vital, and will carry on. We will have to adapt within public health guidelines, but want our community and First Nations partners to know their good ideas will still be supported,” says Michael Meneer, Pacific Salmon Foundation President and CEO. “The Community Salmon Program is the heart of the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s work. By working together, we can find solutions and the best way to ensure the future of Pacific salmon across the province.”

PSF’s Community Salmon Program is funded primarily from sales of the federal government’s Salmon Conservation Stamp. The Salmon Stamp is purchased annually by saltwater anglers who participate in the public fishery. Proceeds from the $6 stamp are returned to British Columbia through PSF, generating nearly $1.5 million for community grants annually.

The Province of British Columbia also contributed funds to Community Salmon Program as part of a $5 million grant, through 2023 to address the immediate and ongoing needs of Pacific salmon and their habitats. 

Community Salmon Program grants support projects from across British Columbia and the Yukon, with a focus on habitat stewardship, salmon enhancement, science and education. In addition to funds generated from the Salmon Conservation Stamp, and from the Province of BC, these grants are made possible by corporate donations from Trans Mountain, Mosaic Forest Management, BC Hydro, Enbridge, Methanex, Seaspan, FortisBC Energy. Funds are also raised through Pacific Salmon Foundation fundraising dinners, auctions and donations from individuals, foundations and businesses. 

 
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Video link: PSF announces over $1.2 million in grants to 117 grassroots salmon conservation projects across BC!

Full press release: 

https://www.psf.ca/sites/default/files/Community%20Salmon%20Program%20PSF%20Spring%20Funding%202020.pdf

 

Contact

Jollean Willington

Pacific Salmon Foundation

Manager, Media & Public Relations

O 604.664.7664 ext.129

C 778.881.7792

jwillington@psf.ca

 

About the Pacific Salmon Foundation:

PSF is the independent, thoughtful leader and catalyst in conservation, restoration, and enhancement of Pacific salmon and their ecosystems through strategic partnerships and leveraged use of resources. www.psf.ca