Government of Canada and Province of British Columbia support 14 fish and seafood innovation projects

VANCOUVER, BC, August 22, 2022 /CNW/ – Today’s environmental challenges mean that innovation and science are key to helping rebuild a healthy ocean ecosystem. Maintaining a sustainable and economically strong fish and seafood sector is a priority for the Government of Canada and the province of British Columbia.

Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honorable Joyce Murray, and British Columbia’s Minister of Lands, Waters and Resource Stewardship and Minister Responsible for Fisheries, the Honorable Josie Osborne, announced $9.9 million in funding 14 projects under the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF).

Today’s investment supports a range of projects that aim to improve the performance and sustainability of the province’s fisheries sector through collaborative testing of selective fishing methods; improved technology to ensure accurate recreational fishing catch data; activities to increase the economic viability of kelp farming, while improving marine habitat for salmon; and efforts to assess and eradicate aquatic invasive species.

Among the projects announced today are:

  • Tsawwassen First Nation designs and operates a tidal salmon trap near their traditional fishing ground near the mouth of the Fraser River. Project objectives include identifying and evaluating a suitable trap site, constructing, operating and maintaining the trap, and monitoring the sustainability of this type of gear through a selective fishing study.

  • The Coastal Restoration Society captures, controls and monitors European Green Crab in an effort to mitigate and repair the damage these aquatic invasive species are causing to shared environmental, economic and cultural resources in the Pacific Rim.

  • The A-Tlegay Fisheries Society is constructing four kelp permaculture sites located in Johnstone Strait/North of the Strait of Georgia improve the quality of important marine habitat for salmon and determine the commercial potential of kelp permaculture in the region.

BCSRIF funding is open to Indigenous communities, industry associations, environmental non-governmental organizations, commercial enterprises and academic institutions. Investments under this program will help restore salmon habitat, benefit commercial and recreational fishing and aquaculture, and science and research initiatives. Further information on the application process, deadlines and program criteria can be found on the BCSRIF website: www.bcsrif.ca

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“Since its launch in 2019, the BCSRIF program has supported effective projects that make a real contribution to aquatic conservation. By investing in innovation, we are helping to ensure that future generations benefit from healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems, and the fish and seafood sector they support.”
The Honorable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“Marine species such as kelp, oysters and wild salmon contribute greatly to the rich diversity of ocean habitats in British Columbia. These 14 projects are helping to restore and revitalize marine ecosystems so they can in turn continue to support British Columbia’s food security and provide good jobs that support people and families on the coasts and in the interior. land British Columbia.”
The Honorable Josie Osborne, Minister of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship for British Columbia

Fast facts

  • Launched in March 2019the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund has made investments to support habitat protection and restoration, ensuring that the fish and seafood sector of British Columbia is positioned for long-term environmental and economic sustainability.

  • Ninety-seven projects have received BCSRIF funding since its inception in 2019, representing an investment of more than $126 million in rebuilding wild Pacific salmon stocks and supporting BC’s fish and seafood industry.

  • Additional information on projects selected for BCSRIF funding can be found online here.

  • BCSRIF is a 70% federal and 30% provincial cost-shared program.

  • In 2019, the government of Canada initially invested $100 million over five years in BCSRIF, to support projects focused on habitat protection and restoration, including maintaining healthy and diverse salmon populations. The original commitment of $100 million was doubled in Budget 2021, to expand the program, as a key component of the Pacific Salmon Strategy Initiative (PSSI). The government of from British Columbia current investment is $42.85 million over five years with the commitment to double this amount in the future.

  • The government of from Canada $647.1 million The Pacific Salmon Strategic Initiative is the government’s largest investment ever to save Pacific salmon. Thanks to this investment, Canada will guide a long-term, strategic and coordinated response, anchored in collaborative action, to stabilize and protect Pacific salmon for the ecosystems, people and communities that depend on its sustainability.

  • BCSRIF funding is open to applications from Indigenous communities, commercial organizations in the wild and aquaculture, recreational fishing sectors, as well as non-commercial organizations such as universities and research institutes, associations industry and conservation groups.

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SOURCE Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Region

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