Pacific Salmon Foundation

Pacific Salmon Foundation

March 19, 2013 13:44 ET

Statement of Pacific Salmon Foundation President and CEO Dr. Brian Riddell

Commenting on Royal Assent Making Pacific Salmon an Official B.C. Emblem

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 19, 2013) - Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation, made the following statement following news that Royal Assent has been given to the designation of Pacific salmon as an official provincial emblem. The proposed designation was included in Bill 8, the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act of 2013.

Dr. Riddell said: "Naming Pacific salmon as a provincial emblem is much more than a symbolic act. It is a reminder to us all of the tremendous values associated with Pacific salmon in B.C. and that we all have responsibility for conserving and restoring this incredibly important natural resource. As the head of a foundation that is singularly focused on Pacific salmon restoration, I commend the provincial government, especially Environment Minister Terry Lake, for its leadership and for the $22 million that the provincial government has invested in Pacific salmon conservation since 2006."

Since 2006, the provincial government has invested $22 million through the B.C. Living Rivers Trust, which has funded more than 330 projects to support habitat restoration, increased capacity for management and First Nations, and localized watershed planning. Funds directed to the Fraser River basin were partially matched by the Government of Canada to support Pacific Salmon conservation in an area that encompasses roughly one-third of the province. The Pacific Salmon Foundation partnered with two other environmental organizations, the Fraser Basin Council and Living Rivers Georgia Basin/Vancouver Island, to implement the mandate of the Living Rivers Trust, as well as to call for the designation of Pacific salmon as an official B.C. symbol (http://www.thinksalmon.com/images/documents/salmon_as_emblem_report_2011_revised.pdf).

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