Volunteers releasing salmon fry into the Seymour watershed. Photo: Seymour Salmonid Society

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2021
VANCOUVER – The Pacific Salmon Foundation is announcing $625,060 in grants to 53 grassroots salmon conservation projects in 36 communities across British Columbia. The total value of these projects including volunteer time and in-kind donations was leveraged to nearly $8 million in value to the community. Thousands of volunteers will be supported to:

  • Restore salmon habitat in streams, rivers and estuaries
  • Operate conservation hatcheries & related enhancement programs
  • Facilitate stewardship, education and community engagement projects

“Pacific wild salmon are an icon of Canada’s west coast, as integral to its culture as they are to the ecosystems. When it comes to protecting and restoring this species, The Pacific Salmon Foundation is leading the way. They continue to raise funds and awareness to help revive our salmon populations, and our government is proud to work with their dedicated team toward this common goal,” says the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard.

PSF’s Community Salmon Program is funded primarily from sales of the federal government’s Salmon Conservation Stamp. The Salmon Stamp is a decal that must be purchased annually by anglers and affixed to their saltwater fishing license to retain any species of Pacific salmon. The revenue from the sale of these stamps is directed to PSF to fund salmon restoration, conservation and enhancement grants in British Columbia and the Yukon. Since 1989, $18.2 million of this revenue has been directed to more than 2700 unique salmon projects with a total value exceeding $158 million. Thanks to new legislation brought in by the federal government, the value of the Salmon Stamp was increased, accounting for inflation, to $6.13 this year.

“This past year has been challenging, but the Pacific Salmon Foundation continues to carry on by providing constant and reliable funding to community and First Nations salmon stewards. Although Covid-19 travel restrictions have resulted in reduced Salmon Stamp revenue, the resilience of the salmon community has been inspiring. Charitable donors have also stepped up with major financial support to close the funding gap. Thanks to this generosity we will be able to maintain our grant making to ensure the important work for salmon continues at the grassroots level in 2021,” says Michel Meneer, PSF President & CEO.

The Province of British Columbia also contributed funds to Community Salmon Program as part of a $5 million grant through 2023 to address the immediate and ongoing needs of Pacific salmon and their habitats.

“These projects showcase the collaboration happening right now in three dozen B.C. communities as we work together to save wild salmon,” said Fin Donnelly, Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Aquaculture. “British Columbians want us to work with our federal, local and community partners to ensure this iconic species not only survives but thrives into the future.”

Community Salmon Program grants support projects from across British Columbia and the Yukon, with a focus on habitat stewardship, salmon enhancement, science and education. In addition to funds generated from the Salmon Conservation Stamp and from the Province of BC, these grants are made possible by corporate donations from Trans Mountain, Mosaic Forest Management, Helijet, Neptune Terminals, BC Hydro, Methanex, Seaspan, and The Shields Foundation. Funds are also raised through Pacific Salmon Foundation fundraising events and donations from individuals, foundations and businesses.

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About the Pacific Salmon Foundation:

PSF is the independent, thoughtful leader and catalyst in conservation, restoration, and enhancement of Pacific salmon and their ecosystems through strategic partnerships and leveraged use of resources. www.psf.ca

Contact:

Elayne Sun
Pacific Salmon Foundation
Manager, Marketing and Communications
esun@psf.ca

 

PSF Community Salmon Projects, Fall Round 2020

 

Location Applicant Project Title CSP Grant
$
Total Value $
Abbotsford Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance Kw’atset te sthe’qi – Corbold Creek South Floodplain Restoration 100,000 302,000
Brackendale Cheakamus Foundation for Environmental Learning Hatchery Discovery 1,500 7,200
Burnaby Stoney Creek Environment Committee Stoney Creek Road Salt and Salmon 17,500 147,900
Chilliwack WaterWealth Project Streamkeeping – camera purchase 250 10,000
Cloverdale Cloverdale Traditional School Stream of Dreams 3,699 11,852
Comox Guardians of Mid Island Estuaries Society Eco-Cultural Restoration of the Nanaimo River Estuary 20,255 119,525
Comox Comox Valley Project Watershed Society Kus Kus Sum: Restoration of the Field Sawmill in the K’ómoks Estuary 20,000 1,259,197
Coquitlam Traditional Learning Academy Salmonids in the Classroom 1,200 2,400
Coquitlam Hoy Scott Watershed Society First Aid Training 950 2,550
Courtenay Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association Hatchery 63,721 390,869
Courtenay Lake Trail Middle School Arden Creek Restoration and Education 1,500 10,050
Duncan Cowichan Tribes Chemainus/Koksilah Twinned Watershed Salmon Sustainability Project 30,234 2,064,954
Duncan Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society Green Streams Strategy: Averil and Richards Creeks Assessments 5,900 12,912
Duncan Cowichan Watershed Board Why Fish Need Trees – an Educational Video 1,500 4,025
Gibsons Gibsons Marine Education Centre Society Salmon Study Digital Microscope Station 952 1,904
Hazleton Gitksan Watershed Authorities McCully Creek Restoration Initiative 12,000 44,325
Hope Silver Creek Holdings Collum Creek Channel Rehabilitation 2,500 73,725
Hornby Island Conservancy Hornby Island Herring Festival – 2021 Salmon Theme 4,000 17,900
Ladysmith Ladysmith Sportmen’s Club Hatchery Roof Repair 2,500 5,410
Langley Rivershed Society of British Columbia Watershed CPR Education Program – Lower Fraser Estuary 15,000 188,460
Nanaimo Nanaimo Science Wandering School – Salmon Unit 500 2,670
North Vancouver Seymour Salmonid Society Seymour Hatchery Facility Replacement Project 20,000 80,150
Parksville Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society Shelly Creek Coho Smolt Rearing Habitat Restoration – Phase 2 22,200 45,475
Penelakut Island Penelakut Tribe Penelakut Tribe Salmon Enumeration/Enhancement Equipment 1,500 4,500
Port Alberni Alberni Valley Enhancement Association Hatchery Roof 38,500 89,540
Port Coquitlam Kiddies Korner Preschool Society Stream of Dreams 1,200 3,900
Powell River Powell River Salmon Society Education Incubator Prototype 1,500 31,500
Quadra Island Quadra Island Salmon Enhancement Society QISES website development 1,500 3,175
Quesnel Baker Creek Enhancement Society Juvenile Chinook Tank Part 2 1,500 4,859
Roberts Creek Sunshine Coast Streamkeepers Society SC Streamkeepers Creek Assessment Testing Equipment 1,500 3,000
Scotch Creek Adams River Salmon Society Mobile Interpretation Trailer 1,500 3,000
Sechelt Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society Hatchery Upgrade; Groundwater Exploration Program 25,000 62,700
Sechelt Moonstone Enterprises Habitat Monitoring 1,500 10,100
Simoom Sound Salmon Coast Field Station Society Salmon Coast Field Station Dock Replacement 10,000 195,711
Sooke South Vancouver Island Anglers Coalition 2020 Sooke Chinook Enhancement Initiative – Temporary Marine Enclosures 30,000 84,989
Squamish Squamish River Watershed Society Elaho River Fish Passage Improvement 25,000 257,800
Squamish Squamish River Watershed Society Squamish River Estuary Fish Passage Upgrade (Culvert #4) 23,000 900,801
Surrey Serpentine Enhancement Society Serpentine Fall 2020 Application 17,878 35,756
Surrey Colebrook Elementary Stream of Dreams 3,523 13,782
Surrey Little Campbell Hatchery Society Lids for Salmon Rearing Tubs 2,603 5,876
Surrey Queen Elizabeth Secondary Salmonids in the Classroom 1,300 2,875
Ucluelet Central Westcoast Forest Society Tranquil Watershed Restoration and Chinook 33,500 216,600
Ucluelet Central Westcoast Forest Society Bedwell Watershed Side-channel Restoration Project 26,100 157,400
Ucluelet Central Westcoast Forest Society Water Quality Monitoring Project 1,500 11,530
Vancouver Still Moon Arts Society Still Creek Salmon Habitat Community Restoration 4,945 16,360
Vancouver ¿UUQINAK’UUH Elementary Salmonids in the Classroom 450 990
Victoria World Fisheries Trust Documenting First Nations Knowledge of Our Urban Salmonids 4,550 60,310
Victoria Beaver Elk Environmental Stewards Society Water Quality Sampling – Haliburton Brook 1,500 12,060
Williams Lake Williams Lake Field Naturalists / Scout Island Nature Centre Intertidal Tank Refresh 1,400 3,300
Total 53 Projects $625,060 $7,049,667

*** Province of BC funding from the $5,000,000 contribution for activities at PSF’s discretion between 2019-2023
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