VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 29, 2014) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans today announced that the Government of Canada is providing $1.4 million collected from sales of the Salmon Conservation Stamp to the Pacific Salmon Foundation for a range of salmon stewardship and enhancement projects. The funds will be distributed through the foundation's Community Salmon Program to projects that address Pacific salmon conservation, enhancement and habitat renewal in British Columbia and the Yukon.
This funding is part of Economic Action Plan 2013 commitments, which dedicated all revenue collected from the Salmon Conservation Stamp to the Pacific Salmon Foundation, and increased the annual contribution to the foundation by approximately $1 million per year. The Salmon Conservation Stamp is a decal that costs adult anglers $6.00 and must be purchased annually to keep Pacific salmon caught in tidal waters off of Canada's west coast. Prior to 2013, about $1.00 from each Salmon Conservation Stamp was directed to the foundation.
- The Government of Canada also supports the work of the Pacific Salmon Foundation and other conservation groups through its Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program announced in Economic Action Plan 2013. This program aimed at supporting fisheries habitat restoration projects led by recreational fishing and angling groups, as well as conservation organizations.
- Given its early success and high demand, Economic Action Plan 2014 increased the funding available through the program by $15 million, for a total investment of $25 million.
- Under the first round of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, up to $1.8 million funding had been made available for 28 projects related to Pacific salmon in British Columbia. Several projects under round two will also support Pacific salmon.
- All of these initiatives are in addition to our Government's annual investments related to Pacific salmon. Currently we invest more than $65 million per year, of which about $20 million is directly related to Fraser River sockeye.
"This funding is another example of our Government's commitment to rebuild, protect and conserve Pacific salmon," said Minister Shea. "Our Government is proud to support the important work of groups such as the Pacific Salmon Foundation to protect and restore fishing habitat for future generations."
"This funding commitment from Economic Action Plan 2013 brings a total of $1.4 million for Pacific Salmon Foundation projects over the past year," said Minister Shea.
"I commend the Government of Canada for making sure that every dollar an angler pays for the Salmon Conservation Stamp is returned to the west coast to support Pacific salmon conservation and restoration," said Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation. "This change will result in significant investments in our salmon and will be looked upon favourably by recreational and commercial fishers, First Nations, coastal communities and conservationists."
"The Pacific Salmon Foundation works in partnership with volunteer streamkeepers and community organizations to magnify the impact of every dollar generated through the Salmon Conservation Stamp. On average, at least $6.00 are generated locally for every $1.00 invested from the Salmon Conservation Stamp," said Riddell.
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