Salmon project receives grant

Hatchery to update public exhibits

The Pacific Salmon Foundation will provide $5,000 for a Pacific salmon project in Abbotsford. The total value of the project, including volunteer time and community fundraising, is over $78,000.

The foundation’s community salmon program supports habitat stewardship, Pacific salmon enhancement and watershed education, and is funded primarily from sales of the federal government’s Salmon Conservation Stamp.

The Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery Visitors Centre Renewal Project by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC will update existing public information exhibits, with a specific focus on resident salmon species.

The foundation supports community groups, volunteers and First Nations across the province. All give countless hours each year to monitor watersheds, develop and implement habitat rehabilitation projects, and educate communities about the conservation and protection of salmon. The program requires grantees to find matching funds for projects. On average, grantees raise an additional $6 for every dollar they receive through additional fundraising for donations of in-kind and money at the community level.

The majority of funds for the program was generated through sales of the federal Salmon Conservation Stamp, a decal purchased annually by anglers who wish to keep Pacific salmon caught in saltwater off of Canada’s West Coast.