BC Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund projects

The following projects have been funded. Details on any additional projects will be shared once funding agreements have been finalized. Due to privacy concerns, we are unable to share information related to applications that are not selected for funding.

Project name Recipient Project description Fund allocation Time frame
Determination of bottlenecks limiting wild and enhanced juvenile salmon and steelhead production in BC using PIT tags and spatially comprehensive arrays Pacific Salmon Foundation Together with partners, the Pacific Salmon Foundation will develop the monitoring and evaluation framework to determine survival bottlenecks in freshwater and marine environments for hatchery and wild Chinook, Coho and Steelhead. Research, monitoring, and evaluation activities will seek to maximize the performance of hatchery and wild stocks; and the installation of new infrastructure will support adaptive management of hatchery programs to meet harvest, conservation, and sustainability objectives.
  • Partners:
    • BC Conservation Foundation
    • BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
    • DFO (Science and Salmonid Enhancement Program)
    • University of Victoria
    • Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC
    • RiverQuest Charters
    • Avid Anglers Volunteers
$4,619,877 May 1, 2020 to March 31, 2024
Empowering Indigenous community fisheries with deep learning - computer vision for adaptive management of terminal salmon fisheries Pacific Salmon Foundation This project will integrate traditional and modern technologies through the development of new computer vision deep-learning programs to automate salmon counting and species identification from video and sonar data. Connecting these tools with community-run escapement monitoring programs around the North and Central Coast will support the transition towards real-time data integration and in-season monitoring to inform adaptive management of salmon fisheries.
  • Partners:
    • Haida Fisheries
    • Simon Fraser University
    • DFO (Science)
    • PSF Community Salmon Program
    • Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department
    • Kitasoo Xai'xais Stewardship Authority
$410,300 May 1, 2020 to March 31, 2023
Independent BC First Nations' Genomic Lab Project (Phase 2) 'Namgis First Nation Funding will support Phase 2 of a project to establish an Independent BC First Nations Genomics Laboratory. Project partners will equip the kł cp̓əlk̓ stim̓ laboratory with Fluidigm BioMark™ technology to analyze samples collected through the Indigenous Monitoring and Inspection Plan (IMIP), as well as providing services to other First Nations in British Columbia with an interest in conducting independent fish health sampling.
  • Partners:
    • Kwikwasut'inux/Haxwa'mis First Nations
    • Mamalilikula First Nations
    • Okanagan Nation Alliance, Broughton Aquaculture Transition Initiative
$1,977,828 November 1, 2019 to March 31, 2024
Percy Walkus Hatchery upgrade Pacific Salmon Foundation Funding will support upgrades to the Percy Walkus Hatchery in Rivers Inlet, which provides local capacity to enhance three local Chinook salmon stocks of significant cultural and economic significance. The upgrades to the hatchery will improve the site efficiency, increase the flexibility of rearing options, and reduce the carbon footprint of facility operations.
  • Partners:
    • Wuikinuxv First Nation
    • DFO (Salmonid Enhancement Program)
$336,895 February 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021
Chilliwack Coho PIT tag escapement project Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance Society Funding will contribute to an improved understanding of stock status and trends through the development and demonstration of PIT tag mark-recapture techniques for hatchery Coho Salmon in the Chilliwack River using large PIT arrays to enumerate annual hatchery returning fish during spawning migration. The infrastructure developed for this project will be used to inform future work on stock level PIT tagging enumeration studies of Fraser salmon.
  • Partners:
    • Southern Endowment Fund (LF Coho Test Fishery)
    • Southern Endowment Fund (Lillooet)
    • Southern Endowment Fund (Nicomen)
$679,690 April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2024
Partnership for a novel framework for assessing and managing Pacific Herring fisheries on the West Coast of Vancouver Island Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council The recipient and partners will undertake an evaluation of spatial and in-season management options for associated food, social and ceremonial (FSC), and commercial Herring fisheries to ensure the sustainability of these fisheries on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. This project provides the opportunity for shared ownership of the Herring Renewal science process with Nuu-chah-nulth Nations, ensuring their unique cultural and scientific perspectives are formally included in the management of Herring fisheries on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
  • Partners:
    • DFO (Science)
    • Landmark Fisheries Research
$390,500 June 1, 2020 to March 31, 2024

Optimizing recirculating aquaculture systems for sustainable salmon production

University of British Columbia 

This study aims to provide a BC-based solution for growing larger, more physiologically robust Atlantic salmon smolts in freshwater recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). This project will help to improve both the sustainability and productivity of BC's aquaculture industry by increasing the amount of time farmed salmon are reared in land-based RAS and reducing the amount of time farmed Atlantic salmon spend in marine net-pens.

  • Partners:
    • Mowi Canada West
$1,829,490 July 1, 2020 to March 31, 2024
Upper Fraser chinook strategic enhancement project Spruce City Wildlife Association

Funding will support infrastructure upgrades to the to the Spruce City Wildlife Association's conservation hatchery to improve biosecurity and enhance production at the facility to support the restoration and rebuilding of Upper and Middle Fraser Chinook stocks. Activities include the acquisition and installation of larger troughs, a custom recirculation system with UV sterilization, particulate and biological filtration, water chilling with aeration pump, and backup power generator. This project will also support the collection of critical natal stream information to inform rearing and stocking practices.

  • Partners:
    • Pacific Salmon Foundation
    • Carrier Sekani Tribal Council
    • Integris Credit Union
    • Enbridge Inc.
    • Lheidli T'enneh First Nation
$240,362 July 10, 2019 to March 31, 2021
Electronic application for enhanced selective fishing and bycatch avoidance Canadian Groundfish Research and Conservation Society The Canadian Groundfish Research and Conservation Society, in partnership with Vericatch Solutions Inc. will develop an electronic application for fishing vessels that utilizes at-sea monitoring data from commercial groundfish vessels in real time to create heat maps showing where marine species of concern (such as Chinook Salmon, Bocaccio Rockfish, etc.) are being encountered to minimize bycatch.
  • Partner: Vericatch Solutions Inc.
$600,000 August 15, 2019 to March 31, 2024
Enhancing rockfish recovery through citizen science, outreach and field experiments University of Victoria, School of Environmental Studies The University of Victoria (UVic) will support BC rockfish recovery and assessment through outreach and citizen-science emphasizing angler awareness of regulations (via MyCatch app) and through an evaluation of the effectiveness of descenders on reducing rockfish mortality. UVic will partner with academia, conservancy organizations and local First Nations.
  • Partners:
    • Ball State University
    • Angler’s Atlas
    • Galiano Conservancy Association
$758,780 August 15, 2019 to April 30, 2023
Build wet lab to investigate wild/farmed interaction and stock restoration BC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences The BC Center for Aquatic Health Sciences and partners, including the BC Salmon Farmers Association, will establish a wet lab facility in the Campbell River area to increase research and diagnostic capacity to identify and examine fish health threats and interactions between farmed and wild stock.
  • Partner: BC Salmon Farmers Association
$3,550,000 July 15, 2019 to June 30, 2021
Innovative habitat restoration demonstration British Columbia Conservation Federation (BCCF) Led by the British Columbia Conservation Foundation, the ‘Innovative Habitat Restoration Demonstration’ is a multi-year, watershed-scale demonstration project to showcase innovative habitat restoration methods that accommodate the effects of recent ecosystem shifts with benefits to Chinook, coho, sockeye and steelhead. The project will promote restoration, protection and maintenance of healthy and diverse salmon populations and their habitats. $4,980,780 August 1, 2019 to March 31, 2024
National Indigenous Fisheries Institute: engagement National Indigenous Fisheries Institute The National Indigenous Fisheries Institute will engage with Indigenous communities to identify potential large-scale, multi-Nation initiatives that could be supported by BCSRIF. This work will also encourage increased Indigenous involvement in science partnerships, innovation, and infrastructure investments that would improve productivity, sustainability, and safety across the sector.
  • Partner: First Nations Fisheries Council
$355,095 August 15, 2019 to March 31, 2020
Rehabilitation of critical infrastructure to improve survival of Thompson steelhead and chinook Scw'exmx Tribal Association The Scw'exmx Tribal Association and partners will assess and rehabilitate degraded habitats in the Coldwater River and Guichon Creek watersheds to improve survival of Thompson steelhead and Chinook salmon.
  • Partner: Scw’exmx Tribal Council
$1,314,027 August 1, 2019 to March 31, 2024
Enhancing estuary resiliency: An innovative approach to sustaining fish and fish habitat in a changing climate The Nature Trust of BC Through the ‘Enhancing Estuary Resilience: An Innovative Approach to Sustaining Fish and Fish Habitat in a Changing Climate’, the Nature Trust of BC will undertake monitoring and research to assess estuary resilience to sea level rise and other climate impacts across the coast of BC using the Marsh Resiliency to Sea Level Rise (MARS) tool, followed by restoration projects to restore core natural estuarine processes. The Nature Trust of BC will partner with various local First Nations groups, environmental organizations and academic institutions.
  • Partners:
    • West Coast Conservation Land Management Program
    • Nanwakolas Tribal Council
    • Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance
    • Nuxalk First Nation
    • Heiltsuk First Nation
    • Marine Plan Partnership
    • Council of Haida Nation
$8,552,415 July 15, 2019 to March 31, 2024
Enhancing sustainability of capture and release marine recreational Pacific salmon fisheries using new tools/technology University of British Columbia The University of British Columbia will lead a science partnership project to conduct research on improving the sustainability of capture and release marine recreational Pacific salmon fisheries using new tools and technology.
  • Partners:
    • Carleton University
    • Sport Fishing Institute of BC
    • Kintama Research Services
    • Canada’s Ocean Tracking Network
$1,659,702 July 29, 2019 to March 31, 2024
Elephant Hill fire riparian restoration project Secwepemcul’ecw Restoration and Stewardship Society The Secwepemcul’ecw Restoration and Stewardship Society, in partnership with Secwepemc communities and the 100 Mile Natural Resource District will undertake restoration of critical habitat affected by the 2017 Elephant Hill Wildfire in the Traditional territories of the 8 Secwepemcul’ecw Nations.
  • Partner: Maggie Branton, UBC
$2,629,833 July 15, 2019 to March 31, 2024
Plateau Fire recovery – Riparian plant collection and planting for restoration of chinook and coho salmon habitat in the Nazko area Baker Creek Enhancement Society The Baker Creek Enhancement Society will collaborate with the Nazko First Nation to undertake restoration of critical habitat affected by the Plateau Fire. This work will also prevent further habitat degradation from normal precipitation and predictable storm events.
  • Partners:
    • Nazko First Nation
    • Pacific Salmon Foundation
    • Quesnel River Environment Restoration
    • Fraser Basin Council
$750,000 August 15, 2019 to March 31, 2024
Place-based risk of climate change to sustainability of BC wild and hatchery-origin salmon Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (University of Victoria) The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (UVic) will conduct research to improve our understanding of potential threats posed to Pacific salmonids and their habitats posed by climate change and develop risk assessment tools to support adaptive regional management approaches. $1,025,000 September 1, 2019 to March 31, 2024
Broughton wild salmon restoration project ‘Namgis First Nation The ‘Namgis, Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis, and Mamalilikulla First Nations will partner on activities to assess, prioritize and restore critical salmon habitat in the Nimpkish and Kokish Rivers, Rivers flowing from Bond Sound, Thompson Sound, Wakemen Sound, Viner Sound and Rivers Near Hoyea Sound and Lull Creek.
  • Partners:
    • Kwikwasut'inux/Haxwa'mis First Nations
    • Mamalilikula First Nations
    • Okanagan Nation Alliance
    • MOWI Canada West
    • Cermaq Canada
$4,220,529 September 1, 2019 to March 31, 2024
Independent BC First Nations genomics lab – Phase 1 ‘Namgis First Nation The ‘Namgis, Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis, and Mamalilikulla First Nations will work together on the first steps towards establishing a genomics lab to analyze samples collected by First Nations with an interest in conducting independent fish health sampling.
  • Partners:
    • Kwikwasut'inux/Haxwa'mis First Nations
    • Mamalilikula First Nations
    • Okanagan Nation Alliance
    • MOWI Canada West
    • Cermaq Canada
$50,560 July 15, 2019 to October 4, 2019
Implementation of the Broughton First Nations Indigenous monitoring and inspection plan ‘Namgis First Nation The ‘Namgis, Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis, and Mamalilikulla First Nations will implement the ‘Broughton First Nations Indigenous monitoring and inspection plan’, using BCSRIF support to build monitoring and oversight capacity over finfish farms in the Broughton, capacity to monitor wild salmon, other marine species (and their ecosystems) and to conduct salmon habitat restoration activities.
  • Partners:
    • Kwikwasut'inux/Haxwa'mis First Nations
    • Mamalilikula First Nations
    • Okanagan Nation Alliance
    • MOWI Canada West
    • Cermaq Canada
$7,349,000 May 24, 2019 to March 31, 2024
Field application and testing of tools for identifying, mapping and quantifying important forage fish populations and their habitats to support enhanced conservation of chinook salmon in coastal BC Comox Valley Project Watershed Society The Comox Valley Project Watershed Society, with the K’ómoks First Nation, North Island College and other partners, will apply and test tools for identifying, mapping and quantifying important forage fish populations and their habitats. This work will contribute to the conservation of important food sources for Pacific salmon, including chinook and coho.
  • Partners:
    • North Island College
    • K'ómoks First Nation
    • DFO Ecosystems Sciences
    • BC Ministry of Forests, Lands
    • Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
    • UVic Geography Department
    • Environment and Climate Change Canada
    • Pacific Salmon Foundation
$321,779 August 19, 2019 to March 31, 2022
Connected waters: Phase 1 Tides Canada Foundation Tides Canada and the Watershed Watch Society along with other partners, will implement 'Connected waters', a project to identify priority sites requiring infrastructure upgrades and habitat restoration across the Lower Fraser River watershed, which will support the reintegration of vital wild salmon habitat.
  • Partners:
    • Watershed Watch Salmon Society
    • Tides Canada Initiatives Society
    • Tides Canada Foundation
    • Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance
$598,755 September 1, 2019 to March 31, 2021
Cowichan River salmon restoration program: Sustainable water supply – Engineering Cowichan Valley Regional District The Cowichan Valley Regional District and partners, including Cowichan Tribes, will conduct an evaluation of the natural boundary of Cowichan Lake to support building critical new water storage infrastructure, to provide flows required to sustain Cowichan salmon populations.
  • Partners:
    • Cowichan Tribes
    • Paper Excellence
    • Cowichan Watershed Board
$4,075,912 August 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022
Science-based review of hatchery results in the Pacific Region Pacific Salmon Foundation The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) will conduct a science-based review of hatcheries in the Pacific Region (including community hatcheries and Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s major facilities) to evaluate performance and the effectiveness of current genetic and genomic tools, in order to optimize salmon production in BC. $1,083,498 September 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022
BC Fish passage restoration initiative Canadian Wildlife Federation The Canadian Wildlife Federation will bring together partners, including federal and provincial governments, non-governmental organization, First Nations, and communities to prioritize fish passage remediation efforts across B.C. to maximize the benefits for steelhead trout and Pacific salmon.
  • Partners:
    • Pacific Salmon Foundation
    • University of British Columbia
    • Takla First Nation
    • Pacific Streamkeepers Federation
    • Royal Bank of Canada
$3,999,721 July 1, 2019 to March 31, 2021
Promotion of habitat restoration and stewardship on agricultural lands in the BC Interior (181) British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association The British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association will deliver the Farmland riparian interface stewardship program, promoting habitat restoration and stewardship and on agricultural lands in BC. The program will encourage environmental farm planning within the agricultural sector for more “fish friendly” land management practices around riparian corridors, as well as promoting water conservation for BC Interior salmon streams experiencing frequent critical low flows. $550,000 July 15, 2019 to March 31, 2024
International pan-Pacific salmon expedition (2021) North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission International Year of the Salmon partners, including the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission and the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization, will conduct pan-Pacific vessel surveys in winter/summer 2021 to monitor distribution, abundance, and productivity of salmon to directly inform fisheries management decision and enforcement efforts. This project will provide insight into how climate variability influences the distribution, migration, growth, and fitness of Pacific salmon.
  • Partners:
    • North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO)
    • North Pacific Marine Science Organization
    • Oceans Network Canada
    • North Pacific Fisheries Commission
    • Republic of Korea
    • Japan
    • United States of America
    • Russian Federation
$3,022,000 August 15, 2019 to March 31, 2022
BC Fishing App Sport Fishing Institute of BC The Sport Fishing Institute (SFI) will develop the Fishing BC mobile app, an online information and catch monitoring tool.
  • Partner: Pacific Salmon Foundation
$910,500 August 15, 2019 to March 31, 2021
Vision 2021 Sport Fishing Institute of BC BCSRIF will also support elements of SFI’s Vision 2021: an action plan to maximize the social and economic potential of the recreational fishery on Canada’s Pacific coast. The project aims to improve representation of the fishing community and increase participation in the fishing sector by youth, new Canadians, and others. $700,879 August 15, 2019 to December 31, 2020
Elaho River chinook salmon restoration project Squamish River Watershed Society The Elaho River chinook salmon restoration project will restore fish passage and increase chinook productivity in the lower Elaho River. The project will reduce obstructions and provide fish access to over 40 kilometers of ideal fish habitat in the upper section of the watershed, improving the natural productivity of char and salmonids including chinook, coho, pink salmon and steelhead.
  • Partners:
    • Squamish Nation
    • Tenderfoot Hatchery
    • Pacific Salmon Foundation
    • DFO (Resource Restoration Unit)
    • BC Ministry of Forests et.al. (FLNRORD)
$522,486 September 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022
Millstream fishway project Peninsula Streams Society This urban habitat restoration project will improve fish passage in Millstream Creek by creating a "fishway" that will allow fish to move up to and through a large culvert under Atkins Road near Mill Hill Regional park. This will aid fish passage and allow resident trout and spawning adult coho salmon access to over eight kilometres of habitat upstream.
  • Partners:
    • Province of BC Gaming Capital Project Grant
    • Pacific Salmon Foundation
    • City of Langford
    • Town of View Royal
    • Keycorp
    • Trotac Marine Supply Store
    • Ralmax Group Holding Ltd.
    • Market on Millstream
    • A.R. Gardner & Associates Ltd.
    • Victoria Fish & Game Protective Association
    • Esquimalt Anglers
    • Goldstream Volunteer Salmonid Enhancement Association
    • Victoria Golden Rods and Reels
    • District of Highlands
    • Rotary Club of West Shore
$300,000 August 6, 2019 to March 31, 2021
Kitwanga River sockeye salmon recovery plan implementation Gitanyow Huwlip Society dba Gitanyow Fisheries Authority The Gitanyow Fisheries Authority will undertake small scale enhancement and habitat restoration projects to maximize spawner success over the next five years and to identify the limiting factors to Kitwanga sockeye production. The goal of the project is to identify and develop solutions to ultimately stop and reverse the decline of Kitwanga sockeye and help rebuild the stock.
  • Partners:
    • Skeena Fisheries Commission
    • Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs Office
    • Pacific Salmon Foundation
    • Skeena Wild Conversation Trust
$867,020 October 1, 2019 to March 31, 2024
Winter salmon survey Pacific Salmon Foundation This project will support a second year of international research in the Gulf of Alaska to study the abundance, health, and habitat use of Pacific salmonids during winter conditions. This research will increase the understanding of the environmental factors affecting salmon production and allow researchers to consider strategies to address ecosystem change under future climate conditions
  • Partners:
    • North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC)
    • Tula Foundation
    • Sitka Foundation
    • BC Salmon Farmers Association
    • Member companies in US and Canadian commercial fishing industries
$650,000 September 15, 2019 to October 31, 2020
Improving Sustainability of British Columbia's Commercial Spot Prawn (Pandalus platyceros) Fishery and Prawn Stocks Pacific Prawn Fishermen’s Association The Pacific Prawn Fishermen’s Association will develop a robust Management Procedure to improve the sustainability of the BC Spot Prawn fishery. Funding will allow for the evaluation of expected outcomes of fishing impacts to wild prawn stocks under alternative fishing practices and provide an opportunity for valuable stock assessment, research, and management training for harvesters, First Nations, and others.
  • Partners:
    • Simon Fraser University
    • Landmark Fisheries Research
    • DFO Science Branch
$117,996 June 1, 2020 to March 31, 2022
Drivers of Inter-annual variability in Zooplankton Feeding in the Strait of Georgia: A combined model-observation approach University of British Columbia The University of British Columbia (UBC) will conduct research to improve understanding of the changing ecosystem facing out-migrating juvenile salmon in the Strait of Georgia. Activities include quantifying key drivers of zooplankton (small animals that feed on ocean plants) feeding, and to explore how zooplankton abundance and distribution are affected by environmental conditions.
  • Partners:
    • Institute of Ocean Science
    • Compute Canada
$165,000 July 1, 2020 to May 31, 2022
Bear River Autonomous Salmon Enumeration Skeena Fisheries Commission The Skeena Fisheries Commission will develop a semi-autonomous salmon enumeration fence to allow for more accurate monitoring of Bear River Watershed Chinook, Coho and Sockeye. Increased understanding of these populations will be used to inform future fisheries management approaches.
  • Partners: Gitksan Watershed Authorities
$402,439 June 1, 2020 to March 31, 2024