We Need Your Help


We need your help!

Our organization has been trying to find some  funding representation for our Salmon Enhancement Program here in Powell River. Our program has the same funding that it received in 1982. We have reached out to our representatives at the Department of Fisheries and Ocean and the Pacific Salmon Foundation and it seems that there is no plan to include Powell River in the recent funding announcements of $647 million for  Salmon enhancement. We ask all of our supporters to take a few minutes and email a copy of the letter in the link  directly to the minister Letter to the Fisheries Minister

Here is a chart of the comparative funding in todays dollars 

 

  1. #1 by John Ring on July 12, 2021 - 10:09 am

    Via email: min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
    cc: Rachel.Blaney@parl.gc.ca

    Dear Minister Jordan,
    I am writing in support of Powell River Salmon Society (PRSS).
    PRSS is vital to the health of our community. The society does not only operate a hatchery. It also provides educational programs and initiatives for students and teachers, or for anyone who wants to learn more about wild salmon. It undertakes advocacy work to protect wild salmon and to promote habitat restoration. It provides meaningful and valuable experiences for local volunteers.
    Wild salmon is a critical to life in BC. It plays a huge role in our culture and our economy. We need to continue working towards ensuring the future of wild salmon in our coastal communities, like Powell River.
    I understand that the federal government provides core hatchery funding to PRSS under the Community Economic Development Program (CEDP). What puzzles me is why the amount of funding has not changed since 1982. How can a public hatchery be told to continue to operate at the same levels with the same amount of money for 40 years? This defies logic and common sense. It’s a fact that PRSS has not been able to do so. It has had to reduce the number of staff by half because of a lack of core operating funds.
    I understand your government is investing in wild Pacific salmon. Minister, I urge you to reconsider the CEDP funding level for PRSS as part of that investment. The CEDP fund for PRSS must be increased annually to reflect inflation and rising costs of the industry.
    I believe Powell River Salmon Society does good work and should be better supported by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

    Thank you for listening to my plea.

    Sincerely,John Ring
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  2. #2 by Cindy Addison on July 14, 2021 - 2:17 pm

    I have been a member of Powell River Salmon Society for 3 years . I have participated as a volunteer in enhancement through egg takes , feeding and release . I have learned a tremendous amount from my involvement in this organization , and , as an M.D. , am so impressed with their knowledge base , commitment to community education and efficiency , There is no “fat “ in this organization. The exceptional returns are perhaps the best in the province , all with the same funding as 40 years ago. This skeleton crew has created successfully innovated and repurposed equipment from multiple failed programs around the province They should be a model to enhancement in our province , and unquestionably included in the DFO funding and strategic planning. Anything less would be neglecting a precious unique resource which our fishery can ill afford.

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