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1987

Pacific Salmon Foundation chartered with mission of "expanding British Columbia's salmon resource." George Hungerford elected chair of volunteer board that drew from professionals in education, forestry, mining, recreational and commercial fishing and First Nations.

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1989

Creation of the Salmon Conservation Stamp to raise funds from anglers to support Pacific salmon conservation and enhancement. Artist Robert Field's original pastel, The Chinook, selected to adorn the first stamp, which costs $3.00. During the next 23 years, $6.1 million in stamp fees are directed to the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

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1989

First grants made by the Pacific Salmon Foundation through Community Salmon Program to five projects. Chehalis Indian Band and Seymour Salmonid Society receive grants to support hatchery operations. Oyster River Enhancement Society receives grant to improve habitat and create spawning channel. In-kind project support provided to the Port Hardy Marine Resource Society and Houston Chapter of the B.C. Steelhead Society.

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1992

First Pacific Salmon Foundation fundraising dinner hosted in Vancouver. During the next 20 years, annual dinners are started in 10 additional communities in B.C. and Alberta.

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2000

Pacific Salmon Endowment Fund Society is incorporated under the chairmanship of Rick Hansen to manage the $30-million endowment created by the federal government in 1999. The endowment becomes an on-going source of income to fund strategic initiatives to conserve, protect and restore Pacific salmon and their habitat.

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2001

Pacific Salmon Foundation signs five-year agreement with Pacific Salmon Endowment Fund Society to support 141 projects in seven major B.C. watersheds, significantly expanding the funding capacity of the Community Salmon Program.

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2003

Creation of Pacific Salmon Conservation Foundation for American donors to support conservation, restoration and enhancement of Pacific salmon.

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2005

Tom Buell B.C. Leadership Chair in Salmon Conservation and Management established at Simon Fraser Universtity with Pacific Salmon Foundation and lead community partner.

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2006

B.C. Living Rivers Trust, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Pacific Salmon Endowment Fund Society commit $22 million over the next six years to create the Fraser Salmon and Watersheds Program, jointly run by the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Fraser Basin Council. More than 300 projects are funded to improve watershed goverance, fisheries management, habitat, and public engagement in watershed stewardship.

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2006

Pacific Salmon Foundation and Pacific Salmon Endowment Fund Society renew five-year funding agreement with focus on supporting the Fraser Salmon and Watersheds program.

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2009

First biennial Pink Salmon Festival, A Celebration of Plenty, hosted by Pacific Salmon Foundation in Vancouver to highlight choices consumers have to help sustain Pacific salmon.

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2011

Pacific Salmon Foundation brings Salmon-Safe eco-label and land certification program to British Columbia to provide commercial landowners with guidelines to protect Pacific salmon habitat and water quality - 22 B.C. farms are certified during year one of the new program.

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2011

Pacific Salmon Foundation and Pacific Salmon Endowment Fund Society renew agreement through 2014 with focus on epanding the Community Salmon Program in the Strait of Georgia and continuing the legacy of work in the Fraser Basin.

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2012

Pacific Salmon Foundation, Sitka Foundation and University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre announce three-year project to create a Strait of Georgia Research Centre.

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2012

Pacific Salmon Foundation marks its 25th anniversary.

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2013

In October 2013, the Southern Fund Committee and the Pacific Salmon Commission announced a $5 million commitment to support the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project. Budgeted at $20 million over five years, the landmark project will be the largest and most important research effort of its kind to help restore wild Coho, Chinook and Steelhead populations in the Salish Sea.

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2014

The Foundation begins the planning phase of the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project with a multi-disciplinary group of 20 federal and state/provincial agencies, tribes, academia and organizations on both sides of the U.S. and Canadian border.

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