Modern hatchery brings hope for Island salmon populations (flickr.com)

Media Contacts

Jen Holmwood

Press Secretary
Deputy Communications Director
Office of the Premier
Jen.Holmwood@gov.bc.ca
250 818-4881

Ministry of Agriculture

Government Communications and Public Engagement
250 882-2485

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Media Relations
Media.xncr@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
613 990-7537

Backgrounders

Facts about salmon in B.C.
  • The British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF) awarded the Juan de Fuca Salmon Restoration Society $920,000 for its Creation of Salmon Conservation Facility project. The project is scheduled to be complete by March 2022.
  • In March 2019, the federal and provincial governments partnered to help restore salmon habitats through the BCSRIF.
  • This $143-million cost-shared fund targets salmon habitat protection and restoration. It also ensures the fish and seafood sector in British Columbia is positioned for long-term environmental and economic sustainability.
  • The fund has supported about 40 projects with approximately $70 million to date.
  • Salmon are a part of intricate food webs in both freshwater and marine environments, affecting everything from tiny zooplankton, to large mammals like whales and bears, to birds of prey.
  • Wild salmon are culturally important for many First Nations in British Columbia. Wild salmon is also part of the province’s long-running tradition of recreational and sport fishing, which is directly connected to its tourism industry.