Please help us raise $40,000 for wild salmon enhancement and habitat restoration projects by August 31, 2018. For every $100 you donate, you will receive one entry to win a TR3 mooching rod and reel donated by Islander Reels.
What is salmon enhancement? Enhancement refers to activities that produce more fish. The Pacific Salmon Foundation supports many small community hatcheries across British Columbia plus a wide variety of habitat restoration projects that enhance the survival of juvenile salmon and/or increase access of mature salmon to spawning areas.
In a hatchery, juvenile salmon survive at higher rates than in the wild. Eggs are taken from salmon that have returned to spawn and incubated at the hatchery. After the eggs have hatched, the young salmon are moved to rearing ponds and fed for varying lengths depending on the species before being released back into streams. These activities follow the natural life cycle of each salmon species.
If you build it, they will come...
The other part of the formula is ensuring young and returning salmon have healthy habitat to grow in and spawn. The Foundation supports plantings that often engage schools and the community at large, and large-scale projects to add rocks, root wads and other large woody debris to channels. Since inception, the majority of the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s community grants have supported enhancement and habitat restoration activities.
Leveraging your donations
In 2017, the Foundation provided grants of more than $1 million to 69 enhancement and habitat projects across the Province and in the Yukon. But the actual value of these projects was more than $7.2 million. Because every dollar granted by the Foundation generates an additional seven dollars for projects through matching investments at the community level. That means every dollar you donate is actually seven dollars for wild salmon. What’s more, thanks to the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s endowment fund more than 90 cents from every dollar donated goes directly into salmon projects.
Unfortunately, the Pacific Salmon Foundation is unable to support about half of qualified applications submitted due to lack of funding. But you can help by donating today to help sustain Pacific salmon, and the ecosystems and fisheries they support!