Salmon Steward

Fall/Winter 2020

Salmon Steward is the official publication of the Pacific Salmon Foundation in British Columbia, Canada

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4 Fall/Winter 2020 L ast year, the federal and provincial governments committed to a five-year, $142-million partnership to conserve and restore Pacific salmon stocks through the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF). This was a landmark announcement and reiterates government support for Pacific salmon as a keystone species and vital resource on our coast. More recently, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, participated in the virtual Sustainability Series, alongside the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, where PSF was the Sustainability Series partner. She announced that three of PSF's submitted projects were approved for the latest funding round. BCSRIF was also able to support the second year of the International Year of the Salmon's Gulf of Alaska expeditions, which aim to study the mechanisms affecting salmon in the high seas of the North Pacific Ocean. Furthermore, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and PSF have recently completed the first of another five-year commitment for the Sa lmon Conservation Stamp. Funds will continue to return to PSF, to be a llocated to Community Sa lmon Program initiatives across the province. n PROVINCIAL and FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS continue to SUPPORT SALMON (TOP) PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA; (ABOVE LEFT) GREATER VANCOUVER BOARD OF TRADE; (ABOVE RIGHT) RON SOMBILON B.C. Premier John Horgan and Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham visit the Sooke River Jack Brooks Hatchery to announce funding. The hatchery is a longtime PSF grantee. The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announces funding to eight new BCSRIF projects at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade's virtual Sustainability Series. (Above) Lana Popham, British Columbia's minister of agriculture, provides opening remarks at our 2020 South Vancouver Island Gala Dinner & Auction in Victoria. PSF will receive approximately $410,000 over three years to integrate traditional and modern technologies for salmon-counting and species identification from video and sonar data, which will inform management of salmon fisheries in the North and Central Coast of B.C.; PSF will receive approximately $336,000 over one year to support up- grades to the Percy Walkus Hatchery in Rivers Inlet, which provides enhancement to three local Chinook salmon stocks of significant cultural and economic importance in the area; PSF will receive approximately $4,619,000 over four years to develop the monitoring and evaluation framework to determine survival bottlenecks in freshwater and marine environments for hatchery and wild Chinook, Coho and Steelhead. THE THREE NEW PROJECTS RECEIVING APPROXIMATELY $5.3 MILLION IN FUNDING THROUGH THE BRITISH COLUMBIA SALMON RESTORATION AND INNOVATION FUND (BCSRIF) INCLUDE:

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