Year End Appeal

When you make a tax-receiptable donation by December 31st, 2017 to the Pacific Salmon Foundation, your donation will be matched! AND for every $100 donation, you will be entered to win a TR3 reel and mooching rod donated by Islander Reels.$100 = 1 entry, $500 = 5 entries. Your donation will support research and restoration efforts throught the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project.

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The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project is a five-year research and restoration effort to determine what is causing precipitous salmon declines in the Strait of Georgia, Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound, and steps for recovery. Recent catches in the Strait have been less than one-tenth of past levels, resulting in a ban on retention of wild Coho salmon and historically low catches of Chinook salmon. With just one more year to go, we need your help to keep the Project going at full speed! 

 

 

 

Past efforts to restore the Salish Sea have been hampered by fragmented research efforts. As such, the Pacific Salmon Foundation and its U.S. partner Long Live the Kings in Seattle, Washington designed the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project to assess the ecosystem and its interactions as a whole - the first time this has been done. The five-year initiative is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind, with activities in Canada alone including:

  • Restoration in 14 estuaries surrounding the Strait of Georgia;
  • participation from more than 80 scientists;
  • partnership with more than 30 different organizations;
  • and, education and engagement in more than 20 different communities around the Strait.

T​​he goal of the Project is to increase production of Chinook, Coho and Steelhead in the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia, Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound), improve future fisheries management policy and restore the economic and cultural benefits to communities surrounding the Salish Sea. 

Thanks to donors and major contributions from the Pacific Salmon Endowment Fund, Pacific Salmon Commission Southern Endowment Fund and the Government of Canada, we have raised most of our budget. However, PSF needs to keep raising $450,000 annually from donations to keep the Project going at full speed, and our Year-End-Appeal is a major source of this annual support.

Download our new Salmon Steward to read about what we've learned on:

  • How climate change is affecting kelp and a potential solution;
  • what is eating juvenile salmon in freshwater and why;
  • how harmful algae blooms affect salmon, and more! 

During the last four years, the Project has resulted in restoration efforts in 14 estuaries surrounding the Strait of Georgia. Much of this work has been accomplished by volunteer stewardship groups partnering on the Project. The SeaChange Marine Conservation Society has been researching and restoring eelgrass beds surrounding the Strait. At one site - Tod Inlet near Victoria - the group removed over 130 tonnes of underwater debris including cement blocks, boat motors and skiffs. Next steps will include debris removal in Burgoyne Bay at Salt Spring Island where the debris is even worse.

Thanks to donations of lab use, specialized equipment and volunteer labor, donors can expect a 4:1 leverage for every tax-deductible dollar donated.  

The role of volunteers and citizen scientists has been central to the success of the Project. Thanks to our Citizen Science Program, PSF has collected an unprecedented amount of data that is already providing a clearer picture on how climate change and related changes to food supply, habitat and water conditions are affecting salmon. 

The development of technological innovations through the Project has also been key to unveiling new findings and solutions for long-term monitoring. For example, computer modelling combined with a special 'seal beanie' tracking device revealed that seals in the Strait of Georgia are consuming up to 40% of juvenile Chinook and 47% of juvenile Coho!  And the addition of antennae arrays across the bottom of the Cowichan River will enable continued monitoring for years to come.

The picture will be even clearer in 2018 when we review all of the data collected and develop an action plan for restoration. With new investments in Canada’s oceans by the federal government, the time is right for action to improve Pacific salmon returns. 

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