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Summary of British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund funding as of September 2021

Release date: November 2021
Infographic: Summary of British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund funding as of September 2021
Description: Summary of British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund funding as of September 2021

What is BCSRIF?

The British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF) is a contribution program funded jointly by the federal and provincial governments.

The fund is providing up to $142.85 million over 5 years to support protection and restoration activities for priority wild fish stocks, including salmon. BCSRIF also supports projects that will ensure the fish and seafood sector in BC is positioned for long-term environmental and economic sustainability.

Project proponents include:

  • commercial enterprise (9%)
  • other (1%)
  • industry associations (10%)
  • environmental non-governmental organizations (19%)
  • indigenous organizations (37%)
  • academia and research (11%)
  • stewardship organizations (12%)

Indigenous involvement in projects:

  • not involved (36%)
  • project lead (42%)
  • project partner (22%)

Funding distribution by program pillar:

  • Innovation funding at $44 million (35%)
    • to encourage the development of new technologies
  • Infrastructure funding at $41 million (33%)
    • to encourage capital investments in new products, processes or technologies
  • Science partnerships funding at $40 million (32%)
    • to support collaborations with academia and other research institutions

Funding distribution by theme:

  • Habitat and healthy salmon ($71M)
    • restoration, protection and maintenance of healthy and diverse salmon populations and their habitats
  • Fisheries and seafood innovation ($31M)
    • improved performance and sustainability of the commercial and recreational fisheries processing sector
  • Aquaculture ($23M)
    • improved sustainability of the aquaculture industry to ensure the protection and conservation of marine ecosystems and wild fish populations

Projects by species group:

  • salmon (84%)
  • groundfish (4%)
  • pelagics (1%)
  • shellfish (6%)
  • kelp (3%)
  • aquatic invasive species (6%)

As of September 2021, approximately 97% of available funds have been allocated.

Projects by region:

  • Central and Northern BC (16%)
  • BC Wide and Coastal Waters (22%)
  • South Coast (36%)
  • Fraser/Interior (25%)
  • Columbia/Kootenays (1%)

Learn more at: www.bcsrif.ca

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