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July 18, 2019
Four projects to provide education, fisheries enhancement, and habitat restoration
VANCOUVER – Pacific Salmon Foundation announced it is contributing $84,665 to four wild salmon restoration projects in North Vancouver and West Vancouver. The funds came from the Foundation’s Community Salmon Program and were underwritten by a $25,000 contribution from North Vancouver’s marine transportation and ship-building company Seaspan. The North Shore Streamkeepers received $50,000 for a multi-phase project in Lower Mosquito Creek. Restoration efforts will focus on developing estuary habitat in a part of the creek bordered by Mosquito Creek Marina and the Squamish Nation’s marina and float home community. The area is subject to tidal flooding which is a good thing for salmon. Surging saltwater can bring nutrients and small creatures that salmon eat from the marine environment.
The habitat restoration project is happening on both City of North Vancouver and Squamish First Nation land. Approximately 400 meters of existing in-stream habitat will be restored by reintroducing large wood structures and boulders. This will allow the creek to function in a more natural matter, and the result will be habitat that is better suited to the spawning and rearing of all salmon. The project will also help boost two important salmon species.
“2017 was a tough year for salmon and the Pinks mysteriously disappeared from the creek. Chum salmon have also petered off in recent years,” said Keegan Casidy, a volunteer with the North Shore Streamkeepers. “While they’re traditionally not a popular sport fish, Chums and Pinks are ecologically significant. Chum are a big fish, and Pinks usually return in large numbers, so both species can provide a rich nutrient injection into the ecosystem when they die that benefits species all the way up the food chain.”
“The North Shore salmon community has been a strong partner in conservation for a long time,” said Michael Meneer, president and CEO of the Foundation. “One of the first Foundation grants we made 30 years ago went to the Seymour River Salmonid Society. Since then, we’ve provided more than $1 million in grants to the North Shore. But, the better story is that those projects were actually valued at over $11 million with local individuals and businesses such as Seaspan making up the difference through in-kind and cash donations of their own for projects.”
“We believe that being a good corporate neighbour on the North Shore includes investing in our marine environments,” says Peter Lister, Vice President Commercial for Seaspan Marine. “Partnering with Pacific Salmon Foundation and the North Shore Streamkeepers means we can contribute directly to the protection and restoration of one of the world’s most environmentally sensitive marine ecosystems.”
Four other projects on the North Shore also received funding:
The grants were part of $1.3 Million in grants awarded to 151 projects in British Columbia and the Yukon. The Community Salmon Program is largely supported through fees from the Salmon Conservation Stamp which is affixed to tidal fishing licenses and required to retain Pacific salmon species in B.C.
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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 by supporting local communities. www.psf.ca
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