Part of $1.5 million in grants across British Columbia
WEST VANCOUVER – The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, highlighted the Government of Canada’s contribution toward several salmon conservation projects funded by the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Community Salmon Programin the North Shore, Sea-to-Sky Country and Sunshine Coast. Shea acknowledged ten grants totalling $270,000 for habitat rehabilitation, salmon enhancement, education, and community awareness. The total value of the projects including volunteer time and community fundraising is $1.2 Million. Funding for these grants was generated in part through the proceeds from anglers obtaining Salmon Conservation Stamps through Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Shea made the announcement on Sunday, September 7 during a visit to the annual Coho Festival in West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park. The festival is organized by the Coho Society, a volunteer organization committed to protecting and revitalizing North Shore salmon streams and rivers.
"The Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Community Salmon Program is a true testament to the Government of Canada’s commitment to salmon protection in British Columbia and to the community partnerships which help achieve that goal," said Minister Shea. "I wish to thank the Pacific Salmon Foundation and the many volunteers and donors involved with each of these and other projects for their hard work and dedication to the cause of salmon protection in British Columbia."
Shea visited the Coho Festival along with Pacific Salmon Foundation President and CEO Dr. Brian Riddell and MP John Weston (West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast- Sea to Sky Country).
"I am pleased to join Minister Shea in highlighting these ten projects and the countless hours of community involvement from groups and individuals who share our goal of protecting Pacific salmon in British Columbia," said Riddell. "While the Foundation annually manages the granting process, the real hard work is done by community groups that select the restoration work, design projects, and generate the funds within their communities to match each grant at least dollar-for-dollar. The success of our program is really a tribute to our partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and our community collaborators due their continuous efforts."
In addition to funds generated from the federal Salmon Conservation Stamp, the grants are made possible by Pacific Salmon Foundation fundraising dinners in ten communities and donations from individuals, foundations and businesses. Proceeds from the Salmon Conservation Stamp have been a particularly important source of funding, with $7.75 million received since 1989. The Salmon Conservation Stamp is a decal that must be obtained annually by anglers if they wish to keep Pacific salmon caught in saltwater off of Canada’s West Coast. In 2013, the Government of Canada committed 100 per cent of Salmon Conservation Stamp income to the Foundation, generating more than $1 million for community grants annually.
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