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PACIFIC SALMON FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2014 COMMUNITY SALMON PROGRAM GRANTS

$1.5 million to 121 projects in 72 communities across B.C.

VANCOUVER –   The Pacific Salmon Foundation announced $1.5 million in grants to 121 projects in 72 communities across British Columbia through its Community Salmon Program. The total value of the projects including volunteer time and community fundraising is $9.1 million. The grants focus on habitat restoration, salmon enhancement, education, and community awareness. Funding for these grants was generated through sales of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Stamp, commonly known as the “Salmon Stamp” through Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

“This year’s funding announcement is the largest in the history of the Foundation’s Community Salmon Program,” said Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation “But the most important point is that for every $1 that the Foundation grants another $6 is generated within local communities. This tremendous leverage is what helped the federal government to decide in 2013 to return 100 per cent of Salmon Stamp funds to British Columbia.”

The Foundation’s Community Salmon Program supports thousands of volunteers who give countless hours each year to monitor watersheds, develop and implement habitat rehabilitation projects, and educate communities about the watershed conservation and protection of salmon. The Program requires community groups to find matching funds for projects from community partners.

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. Proceeds from sales of the Salmon Stamp – the decal that must be purchased annually by anglers if they wish to keep Pacific salmon caught in saltwater off of Canada’s West Coast – have been a particularly important source of funding, with $7.75 million received since 1989. In 2013, the Foundation worked with a group of MP’s to return 100 per cent of Salmon Stamp income to B.C. through the federal budgeting process. Now all Salmon Stamp proceeds are returned through the Foundation, generating an additional $1 million for community grants annually.

“Our Government is committed to supporting the individuals and organizations who are working along the shores of lakes, rivers and streams across British Columbia to protect and restore salmon fishing habitats for future generations,” said the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.  “Recreational fishing is an important economic activity which attracts thousands of visitors to Canada and contributes billions of dollars to our economy every year. The projects funded through the Salmon Stamp and the Government’s contribution to the Pacific Salmon Foundation will benefit British Columbia and Yukon communities for years to come.”

Several businesses and foundations also contribute to the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s community salmon program. Major contributors that donated $50,000 or more in 2014 included Goldcorp, TimberWest, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Rocky Mountaineer, Westcoast Resorts and Newalta.

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Contact: Michael Meneer, 604-664-7664 ext. 127, mmeneer@psf.ca          

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             Lara Sloan, 250-363-3749, Lara.Sloan@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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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