FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25th, 2015
$1.24 million to 118 projects in 70 communities across B.C.
VANCOUVER – The Pacific Salmon Foundation today announced $1.24 million in grants to 118 projects in more than 70 communities across British Columbia. The total value of the projects including volunteer time and community fundraising is more than $13.2 million. The Foundation’s Community Salmon Program supports habitat stewardship, Pacific salmon enhancement and watershed education, and is funded in-part with sales of the federal government’s Salmon Conservation Stamp.
“The Pacific Salmon Foundation grant is just the beginning, as community groups work hard to leverage that contribution within their local communities,” said Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation. “Many of our grantees are volunteers who are using skill sets cultivated from past careers to access new funding sources for projects, improve volunteer recruitment, work with government, and more effectively educate and engage the public in watershed stewardship.”
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.
"Our Government is proud to continue support of the Pacific Salmon Foundation's Community Salmon program," said the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. "It is part of our overall funding of salmon research and conservation efforts in British Columbia, which also includes an annual investment totalling $56 million in our Government's Salmonid Enhancement Program. This funding allows us to operate 23 salmon hatcheries releasing hundreds of millions of juvenile salmon every year to supplement wild stocks and sustain British Columbia fisheries."
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 Community Salmon Program captures the essence of what we are trying to do at the Foundation,” concluded Riddell. “Government, business, First Nations and volunteers all working together – that is 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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