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October 31, 2014
Nanaimo-area salmon projects receive $31,578 in 2014
VANCOUVER - Five volunteer stewardship groups in the Nanaimo region received grants from the Pacific Salmon Foundation in 2014.These funds support projects to conserve, restore and enhance Pacific salmon, and were raised, in part, at the Foundation’s annual Nanaimo Dinner, Dance & Auction. This year’s event will be held at Beban Park on Saturday, November 15, 2014.
“This event provides the opportunity for local business and individuals to show their support for local salmon efforts,” said volunteer chairman Mel Sheng. “We have a passionate group of people who work hard to make this event a success, and we are fortunate enough to benefit from generous community support.”
This year, the Nanaimo Fish and Game Association received $8,500 to take steps in assessing and repairing significant damage done to the banks and spawning areas of Haslam Creek in Nanaimo.
Ladysmith Sportsmen Club was granted $15,000 to replace the water lines feeding the Bush Creek Hatchery so that the facility can continue to rebuild stocks of chum and coho salmon.
The Q’ul-lhanumutsun Aquatic Resources Society received $2,500 for an education and outreach program to introduce First Nations youth to salmon marine habitat and ecology. The youth will now have the opportunity to experience beach seining and learn about environmental awareness.
The Nanoose Streamkeepers Society received $1,500 in funding for a habitat assessment project where equipment will be used to identify fish at risk in the watershed and look at opportunities to improve their habitat.
The Gabriola Lands and Trails Trust was granted $4,078 to increase public awareness, understanding and support for of salmon habitat by engaging Gabriola Elementary School students in streamkeeping activities.
This year will mark the Foundation’s twelfth gala dinner in Nanaimo. Dinner highlights include live and silent auctions featuring angling adventures and original artwork, raffles, and a seafood appetizer bar. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $65.00 and are available at Gone Fishin' and Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters. Tickets are not available at the door.
Contact: Christina McIntyre, 604.664.7664, email@example.com
Mel Sheng, 250.616.9980, Mel.Sheng@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
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. 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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