The Pacific Salmon Endowment Fund Society (PSEFS) was founded in 2001 to manage a $30-million endowment fund established by the Government of Canada for Pacific salmon conservation. Thanks to an additional $5-million top-up funded jointly by the federal and provincial government in 2019 through the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund, the PSEFS is able to continue to operate as an independent entity that partners with the Pacific Salmon Foundation to help restore and conserve wild salmon populations in British Columbia and the Yukon.
With support from the Society, PSF is able to allocate more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to salmon projects directly to grants supporting restoration work and science-driven conservation projects. This support from the endowment fund covers most of PSF’s capacity and core costs.
Last year, the Society continued its support for new priorities outlined in PSF’s Strategic Plan. These projects include (but are not limited to):
- Various initiatives through PSF’s Marine Science Program;
- Large-scale recovery of salmon habitat in the BC Interior impacted by the Plateau wildfire;
- Extension and expansion of the Pacific Salmon Explorer into new regions; and
- Salmon conservation and restoration projects in the Yukon.