BC commits $1.2 M to restore wild Pacific salmon

Salmon leaping at Willamette Falls

The Canadian government has announced funding of $1.2 million over three years to the Pacific Salmon Foundation of British Columbia to help restore wild Pacific salmon, their aquatic ecosystems and the myriad of species they support.

“Our government is committed to the health of our aquatic ecosystems, and we know that organizations like the Pacific Salmon Foundation are at the forefront of this important work,” said Dominic LeBlanc, minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. “Today’s $1.2 million investment, from our new Coastal Restoration Fund, demonstrates our ongoing commitment to supporting technical innovations like the Pacific Salmon Explorer.”

Plans call for the Pacific Salmon Foundation to receive funds to expand the Pacific Salmon Explorer, a project that assimilate biological data for distinct salmon populations and identifies human and environmental pressures on freshwater habitats within salmon conservation units.

The project also supports efforts to implement the Wild Salmon Policy, for which a second round of consultations will to take place from mid-October to mid-December, the government said Oct. 10.

In May the Canadian government announced a $75 million Coastal Restoration Fund as part of its historic $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan.

The Coastal Restoration Fund supports projects to conserve and protect the overall health of oceans, including rebuilding habitat for species at risk.