For Immediate Release
April 23, 2015
STATEMENT OF DR. BRIAN RIDDELL, PACIFIC SALMON FOUNDATION
Regarding Renewal of Federal Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program
Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation, made the following statement about the renewal of the federal Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program through the 2015 federal budget. The proposed budget extended the granting program by three more years at $10 million per year starting in 2016/17. The program makes the funds available to conservation organizations that undertake a variety of projects to restore and protect recreational fisheries habitat.
Dr. Riddell said: “I commend the Government of Canada for renewing the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP). This program is a valuable complement to the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Community Salmon Program, which utilizes funds from the federal Salmon Conservation Stamp and philanthropic donations to support community groups across British Columbia. These grassroots organizations do the on-going and challenging work of restoring local habitat to sustain the abundance of Pacific salmon. However, there is a growing need for larger-scale initiatives to protect and restore our fisheries. These types of projects are more complicated, requiring technical expertise, and sometimes cooperation between multiple jurisdictions and landowners. The RFCPP provides significant resources to make these types of projects possible, hopefully with bigger benefits for recreational fisheries in British Columbia. For example, locally RFCPP funds could be invaluable in estuary restoration around the Strait of Georgia.
Since the RFCPP’s inception, the Foundation has partnered with the Fisheries and Oceans Canada on several RFCPP projects. Ten large-scale habitat projects were completed through grants totaling $512,863 with the total value of these projects at $1.3 million when taking into account leveraging through in-kind contributions from other partners. These projects resulted in more than 340,000 square meters of restored habitat that will support recreational fisheries in British Columbia. Nine more projects are slated for 2015. The Foundation looks forward to a busy three years of collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and our community conservation partners with renewal of the RFCPP.”
Contact: Michael Meneer, (778) 990-0464
About the Pacific Salmon Foundation:
The Pacific Salmon Foundation was created in 1987 as an independent, non-government, charitable organization to protect, conserve and rebuild Pacific Salmon populations in British Columbia and the Yukon. Since 1989, the Foundation has invested more than $45.4 million to support Pacific salmon conservation projects. 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 where local communities are mobilized. www.psf.ca
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