Apply to the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund: 1. Overview
The expression of interest process is now closed. Expressions of interest to the program are under review and applicants will be notified of the Department’s decision and potential next steps.
Step 1. Overview
The British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund is intended to:
- ensure the fish and seafood sector in BC is positioned for long-term environmental and economic sustainability
- support the protection and restoration of wild Pacific salmon and other BC fish stocks
The fund supports:
- innovation to encourage the development of new technologies to:
- increase productivity
- help meet conservation and sustainability objectives, including the protection and restoration of wild BC stocks, including Pacific salmon
- infrastructure to encourage capital investments in new products, processes or technologies to support the:
- advancement of sustainable fishing practices
- protection and restoration of wild BC stocks, including Pacific salmon
- science partnerships to support collaborations with academia and other research institutions to:
- improve our knowledge and understanding of impacts to wild stocks
- develop sustainable fishing practices
Funding is available to support project activities until March 31, 2024. Opportunities to apply may be provided throughout the year based on the availability of funding. New funding will become available again in the next fiscal year, and new opportunities to submit applications will be provided until all available funds have been allocated. Based on the high level of interest experienced in the first year, a large number of applications are expected to be submitted in 2020.
Current priorities for BCSRIF
Alignment with priorities is one of the key factors that will be assessed to determine whether a project will receive funding.
Priority 1: Aquaculture and the changing environment
- New aquaculture technologies and processes to improve environmental performance and increase supply chain transparency
Examples include strategies to reduce chemical usage, alternative marine finfish culture technologies/infrastructure, improvements to fish health management practices and beach-to-plate traceability of shellfish products.
Priority 2: Species of concern rebuilding (Fraser steelhead, chinook and coho research)
- Research to refine the scientific understanding of Fraser steelhead, chinook and coho through science collaborations and the incorporation of Indigenous Knowledge
Priority 3: Species of concern rebuilding (selective fishing)
- Projects to advance selective fishing practices aimed at minimizing bycatch of species of concern
Projects that support Fraser chinook, steelhead and coho will be prioritized; priority stocks for other salmon species may also be considered. Selective fishing projects using either commercial or scientific licences require pre-authorization from DFO Fisheries Management.
Priority 4: Species of concern rebuilding (habitat restoration)
- Habitat restoration projects that target red status Conservation Units or COSEWIC-listed populations
Priority will be given to projects that:
- are part of a watershed-scale restoration plan or prioritization effort (or propose to develop those tools)
- build on successful previous restoration efforts
- focus on critical habitat and/ or the rehabilitation of natural ecosystem processes
Priority 5: Community hatchery upgrades
- Infrastructure upgrades or improvements to existing hatcheries
BCSRIF will not consider applications for new enhancement facilities nor any new or increased production of enhanced salmon at existing facilities. Priority may be given to projects that incorporate innovative infrastructure or technology, and to applications that demonstrate applicability for other facilities.
Priority 6: Increasing innovation to support the sustainability and economic stability of BC fisheries
- Innovative processes and technologies to increase the quality and value of BC fish and seafood products and optimize fishing operations
Examples include strategies to expand value-added fish processing in BC, improved catch monitoring, and analysis to support precision fishing.
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