The Seymour Salmonid Society will undertake a multi-year, Seymour watershed-wide, initiative as part of a project to restore salmon habitats across the province.
This will combine rockslide mitigation work to enable upstream fish passage, along with physical habitat enhancement and restoration work to improve the habitat quality and functionality within the watershed.
The Seymour Salmonid Society was among several projects that have received $4 million in total funding from the Government of BC to enhance salmon habitat.
Salmon are a part of intricate food webs in both their 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.
The Osoyoos Indian Band, The Adams Lake Indian Band , and Juan de Fuca Salmon Restoration Society are among other organizations that have received money from the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF).
Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, and Member of Parliament for Burnaby North-Seymour, said he was pleased to see the continued collaboration between the Government of Canada and the Province of British Colombia when it comes to protecting wild Pacific salmon.
“BCSRIF supports Indigenous communities, recreational fisheries and industry associations in restoring habitat and creating quality jobs while using the best conservation methods to ensure healthy stocks for future generations.”