April 4, 2017
Gulf Island residents raise money and volunteer for salmon research
With prime salt water salmon fishing coming up this Spring, Gulf Island residents can rally their fishing buddies for two charitable derbies that are supporting important salmon research in the Strait of Georgia.
Galiano Island residents Fred and Debbie King have been volunteering their time and boat to gather important oceanographic data as part of the project’s Citizen Science Program. As “citizen scientists” the Kings, along with other boats and teams monitor nine overlapping territories of the Strait throughout the year. The teams go out to gather oceanographic information on the same days so that data sets can be compared.
The King’s are collecting valuable information for the Foundation’s Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, which studies the causes of salmon declines in the Strait since the mid 1990’s. Now in its third year of field research, the five-year project is uncovering results that will hopefully lead to a recovery in the survival of juvenile salmon and overall salmon returns. Dr. Brian Riddell, CEO for the Foundation explains:
“The Citizen Science Program that the King’s participate in is about being everywhere at once and the efforts of our citizen scientists are easily three-times of that undertaken by larger government ships; but more importantly it has allowed us to sample the entire Strait in one day,” said Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation. “Previous methods have used large, expensive research vessels that only provide a snapshot from a specific area, taken at specific times of year. By empowering citizens with personal vessels to do the research, we are monitoring the Strait of Georgia at a fraction of the cost of traditional research vessels.”
Although the Project has benefited from some large donations, many small businesses and individuals have pitched in to help make the Project a reality.
“The Foundation needs to keep raising $450,000 annually from donations to keep the Project going at full speed,“ said Cory Matheson, business development manager for the Foundation. “The support of individuals and small businesses has made a big difference in this regard. From fishing derbies to philanthropists, salmon lovers in the Gulf Islands have come together to support this work in an important way.”
In 2016, both the Galiano Island Salmon Classic and the Moby’s Fishing Derby each raised well over $5,000 for the Pacific Salmon Foundation thanks to the great work of volunteer organizers, sponsors and local participants. For more information on these charitable fishing derbies, including how you can get involved:
Galiano Salmon Classic - May 27, 2017 Location: Montague Harbour, Galiano Island
Phone: 604.518.8946 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Moby’s Fishing Derby - June 16-18, 2017 Location: Moby’s Pub, Salt Spring Island
Phone: 250.538.8120 or email: email@example.com
About the Pacific Salmon Foundation:
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