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Government of Canada and Province of British Columbia announce Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund projects


VANCOUVER, July 5, 2019 /CNW/ - Healthy wild fish stocks are vital to the economic prosperity and social fabric of British Columbia's coastal communities. Wild Pacific salmon, in particular, are intrinsically linked to the identity of British Columbians and are fundamental to the culture of many Indigenous communities.

Over the past several years we have seen declines in key Pacific salmon stocks, which have important consequences for our environment and our economy. Together, the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia are taking action to protect and restore fish habitat and wild fish stocks.

Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, and British Columbia's Minister of Agriculture, the Honourable Lana Popham, announced that twenty-three project proposals under the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF) have been approved in principle during the first round of intake. Once agreements are finalized with proponents, these could total approximately $13M in funding for year one.

The projects will focus on restoring British Columbia's wild salmon populations, and target three key areas: innovation; infrastructure; and, science partnerships. Investing in these projects will advance work to restore and enhance salmon habitat to support British Columbia's fish and seafood sector, and help secure the sustainability of wild Pacific salmon, as well as other wild fish stocks.

Over the next five years, investments through the BCSRIF will help ensure British Columbia's wild fisheries are environmentally and economically sustainable for the long-term, and that middle-class jobs in the fishery are resilient to the challenges of climate change, as well as evolving economic conditions.

Projects were brought forward by Indigenous communities, industry associations, environmental non-governmental organizations and academic institutions. Each application was reviewed and approved by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Province of British Columbia. Investments through this program will benefit commercial and recreational fishing and aquaculture, as well as science and research initiatives.

Quotes

"Our government understands the need to protect and restore salmon habitat a key part of our plan to sustain and restore wild salmon populations. Through the new Fisheries Act, which restores habitat protections, and through the historic investments being made through the British Columbia Salmon Restauration and Innovation Fund, we are taking decisive action. Working in partnership with the Government of British Columbia and with Indigenous communities, conservation groups, scientists and industry, I am confident that we can and are making substantive progress in protecting and enhancing our wild fish stocks and in strengthening our fishing industry."

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

"Wild salmon are such an iconic species in British Columbia and our government has been working closely with the Government of Canada, First Nations, communities, commercial and recreational fisheries, and environmental organizations to ensure they are protected for future generations. The projects receiving funding will help us support wild salmon stocks and fisheries, that are vital to our First Nations, coastal communities and industries that rely on them."

The Honourable Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture Province of BC

Quick Facts

The 23 initial projects selected are located across the province, including:

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SOURCE Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Region


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