FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2015
STATEMENT OF DR. BRIAN RIDDELL, PACIFIC SALMON FOUNDATION
Regarding Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Commitment of $15 Million for Estuary Restoration
Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation, made the following statement in response to today’s announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Dr. Riddell said:
“We welcome Prime Minister Harper’s commitment if re-elected to invest $15 million in estuary restoration in the Strait of Georgia, Lower Fraser and Harrison River and its tributaries. These additional funds would help us significantly expand estuary restoration that the Foundation is undertaking in conjunction with our Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, which is focused on research and restoration of Pacific salmon fisheries in the Strait of Georgia.
Estuaries, where freshwater and saltwater meet, are especially important habitat for Pacific salmon. Unfortunately, estuarine wetlands and small bays along their shores have been filled, cleared, diked, and drained to meet development needs over the years.
In 2014 and 2015, the Foundation worked successfully with community partners in the Cowichan River estuary to pilot a restoration plan to help strengthen Pacific salmon fisheries. The program partnered with existing community volunteers to leverage local knowledge, previous work and volunteer efforts. Future estuary restoration will be based in part on this experience.
As an independent, science-based organization, the Foundation is non-partisan and welcomes new and constructive investment commitments in Pacific salmon habitat and conservation from any political party. During our 28 years of existence, we have been fortunate to have those kinds of partnerships with both federal Liberal and Conservative governments, and have appreciated the interest and encouragement of MP’s in the New Democratic and Green parties as well.”
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Note to News Media: These are the only comments that the Pacific Salmon Foundation will make about today’s announcement. Given its non-partisan nature, the Foundation will also not be offering opinions on issues during the election campaign.
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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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