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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
Creation of salmon conservation facility Juan de Fuca Salmon Restoration Society Funding will support upgrades to the Sooke River Jack Brooks hatchery facility and interpretive center. Facility upgrades will meet green building codes, include upgraded effluent treatments and the potential for stock assessment capability. Planning and upgrades are intended to provide a template to support similar upgrades and contribute to the overall effectiveness of community-operated hatcheries.
  • Partners:
    • MariSource Vertical Incubation System
    • Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society
    • Community volunteers

April 15, 2020 - March 31, 2022

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 March 31, 2024
Innovative habitat restoration demonstration BC Conservation Foundation (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. $4,952,373 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
Resilient Waters: Phase 1 MakeWay 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
$2,999,218 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 June 30, 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 15, 2019 to March 31, 2022
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 (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, 2022
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 March 31, 2021
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
Seymour Watershed Restoration Project Seymour Salmonid Society This multi-year, watershed-wide initiative combines rockslide mitigation work to enable upstream fish passage, along with physical habitat enhancement and restoration works to improve the habitat quality and functionality within the watershed. The recipient will also conduct monitoring to confirm the success of the project in establishing fish passage and providing restored and enhanced habitat for wild Pacific salmonid stocks for future generations.
  • Partners:
    • Canadian Wildlife Federation
    • Metro Vancouver
    • BC Institute of Technology
$618,844 January 15, 2020 to March 31, 2024
Upper Adams Salmon Restoration Program Adams Lake Indian Band Funding will support restoration of the Upper Adams early summer run sockeye to a sustainable level, and improve opportunities for sustainable use. Nutrients will be applied to Adams Lake rearing habitat to restore historical lake productivity, and improve marine survival and future returns of early summer run sockeye.
  • Partners:
    • Okanagan Nation Alliance
    • Secwepemc Fisheries Commission
$2,521,181 April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2024
Inkaneep Creek Restoration Osoyoos Indian Band This project will support post-mudslide restoration and effectiveness monitoring for Inkaneep Creek and the floodplain. Restoration work will improve the survivability of Okanagan steelhead, rainbow trout and Chinook salmon and apply an innovative combination of traditional knowledge and science towards sustainable fisheries co-management.
  • Partners:
    • Okanagan Nation Alliance
    • Ministry of Forests et al. (FLNRORD)
    • local landowners
$360,283 April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2023
Climate Action Priorities for Salmon Pacific Salmon Foundation This project will create a Climate Action Plan for BC salmon through three initial project components: developing improved genetic baselines to understand genetic differences at a scale finer than Conservation Units; developing a ‘Playbook’ to guide landscape recovery strategies and priorities for salmon following major fires; and assessing Fraser River migration impediments.
  • Partners:
    • Matsqui First Nation
    • Yale First Nation
$3,270,151 April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2024
Lake Babine Creel Survey Lake Babine First Nation The Lake Babine First Nation will conduct creel surveys over three years, collecting information on the total number of sockeye harvested by sport fishermen, harvest per unit effort, and angler origins. The creel surveys will provide valuable data on the catch and effort of the recreational Sockeye fishery in the area, supporting in-season fisheries management decisions. $372,951 July 15, 2021 to March 31, 2024
Kingfisher Interpretive Centre Society Intake Project Kingfisher Interpretive Centre Society The Kingfisher Interpretive Centre Society will undertake repairs to the water intake system for its hatchery, which suffered major damage in Cooke Creek in 2014. As a result of the damage, KICS has been forced to release unfed Chinook fry, resulting in higher mortalities. Feeding the fry will increase the survival rate and allow KICS to offer more visitors firsthand experience with these fish. $43,396 May 20, 2021 to December 31, 21
Shellfish Aquaculture Strategic Renewal Program BC Shellfish Growers’ Association The BC Shellfish Growers Association will create the Shellfish Aquaculture Strategic Renewal Program, which aims to ensure the industry remains a key socio-economic contributor to BC’s coastal communities. Key components will include improved traceability of shellfish products; application of innovative handling and processing technology in the BC shellfish industry and traceability education and awareness for the shellfish industry growers. $3,500,000 July 1, 2021 to March 31, 2024
Fermentative Production of Microalgae as Food for Juvenile Bivalves in BC Seed Science Ltd. This project will investigate a more energy-efficient method to produce higher-quality algae as food for cultured bivalves. This project will result in the production of cheaper, higher-quality food for bivalves, and enable juvenile bivalve to be kept on land longer, until they are big and healthy enough to better cope with the effects of ocean acidification when being introduced into the sea.
  • Partner:
    • Eric Agyekum, Vancouver Island University
$475,493 June 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022
Fish and Fish Habitat Survey for Finfish Aquaculture We Wai Kai First Nation This project will investigate the possible environmental impacts and identify potential business opportunities in converting finfish aquaculture tenures into Sablefish aquaculture farm operations in a potential joint venture partnership with Golden Eagle Sablefish. Baseline fish habitat surveys will be undertaken to identify possible critical habitats, and facilitate the development of depositional modelling (DEPOMOD) for sablefish aquaculture.
  • Partner:
    • Golden Eagle Sablefish
$144,200 July 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022
Aquaculture Opportunities and Sustainability Survey Gwabalis Fisheries Society The Gwabalis Fisheries Society will undertake an area-wide aquaculture survey to identify, assess and report on sustainable aquaculture opportunities within the respective traditional territories of its members: Quatsino, Da’naxda’xw, Mamalilikulla and Tlatlasikwala First Nations.
  • Partner:
    • Excel Career College
$107,167 June 15, 2021 to March 31, 2022
Monitoring lipid content of Fraser-bound Chinook at Albion University of British Columbia University of BC researchers will undertake measurements of Albion Test fishery Chinook salmon lipid (fat) content, to better understand how this impacts the ability of these salmon to successfully reach their spawning grounds, and improve our understanding of how ocean conditions impact Chinook salmon health. $36,870 April 1, 2021 to February 15, 2023
Collaborative Freshwater Research and Restoration Initiative in the Thompson Watershed Secwepemc Fisheries Commission for and behalf of Shuswap Nation Tribal Council Society This project aims to fill data gaps related to Fraser Coho, Interior Fraser Summer Steelhead, and Southern BC Chinook populations, which will be used to inform fisheries recovery and rebuilding plans. The assessment of habitat use, stream flow and temperature data, and other factors affecting survivability, will help to inform effective recovery strategies for salmon in BC’s southern interior.
  • Partners:
    • Ministry of Forests, Lands Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
    • DFO Stock Assessment Division
$789,102 April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2024
First Nations-led catch monitoring to inform sustainable mixed-stock fisheries management on the Central Coast Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance This project will focus on designing and implementing a coordinated strategy to fill data gaps related to Central Coast salmon populations, which will inform management measures to promote sustainable opportunities for marine and Food, Social, Ceremonial fisheries.
  • Partners:
    • Simon Fraser University
    • Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department
    • Coastal Stewardship Network of Coastal First Nations-Great Bear Initiative
    • Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF)
    • DFO Science/Stock Assessment Divisions
$1,533,176 January 27, 2021 to March 31, 2024
Seymour Hatchery Infrastructure Renewal Seymour Salmonid Society The Seymour Salmonid Society will undertake maintenance and facility upgrades including a new feed storage container, sewage storage tank, perimeter fencing and outdoor pond roof structure, to ensure the Seymour hatchery and education center can continue to support the restoration and conservation of the salmonid populations in the Seymour watershed.
  • Partner:
    • Pacific Salmon Foundation
$80,410 July 1, 2021 to March 31, 2024
Sport Fishing Advisory Board Vision – Phased implementation Sport Fishing Institute of BC This project builds on previous work to further the implementation of the Sport Fishing Advisory Board’s (SFAB) Vision for the recreational fishing sector in BC. This phase of the project will focus on modernizing the SFAB model to ensure that the interests of the recreational fishery are represented to regulators and decision-makers.
  • Partners:
    • Sport Fishing Advisory Board
    • BC Ministry of Agriculture
$453,324 September 1, 2021 to March 31, 2023
Supporting West Coast Oyster Industry Nova Harvest This project aims to increase capacity for large high quality seed through the development of an ocean based oyster nursery, known as a Floating Upwelling System (FLUPSY). This project aims to reduce risk to Canadian oyster farmers, improve sustainable local shellfish production, increase industry and job opportunities in remote coastal communities, and enhance local food security by reducing reliance on imported seed stock.
  • Partners:
    • T’Sou-ke Development Corporation
    • Bamfield Marine Science Centre
    • Canadian Benthic Ltd.
    • Effingham Oyster Inc.
$210,000 June 1, 2021 to February 28, 2022
Landslide impact on the flow dynamics, fish migration and genetics of Fraser River Salmon Simon Fraser University Simon Fraser University will work with partners to investigate the risks posed by natural earth surface processes, such as landslides and hydraulic barriers, on Fraser River salmon. The project will use innovative technologies to measure and monitor earth surface processes and frontline techniques in molecular genomics. The work will result in a better understanding of the infrastructure needed to enable successful fish migration across hydraulic barriers, such as the Big Bar Landslide.
  • Partners:
    • Hakai Institute (Tula Foundation)
    • River Dynamics Laboratory
    • DFO Science
    • Fraser Basin Council
    • Fraser Salmon Management Council
$3,566,728 April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2024
Chapman Creek Hatchery Water Supply and Capacity Upgrades Sunshine Coast Salmonid Society The  Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society will work to identify an alternative water source for the Chapman Creek Hatchery to address extremely low flows in Chapman Creek during the summer months. Two test wells will serve as production and emergency wells to support rearing of Coho salmon at the hatchery.
  • Partners:
    • Pacific Salmon Foundation
    • District of Sechelt
 $70,000 July 26, 2021 to December 31, 2021
Developing a Cumulative Effects Modelling Framework for the Recovery of Aquatic Salmonid Populations University of British Columbia University of BC researchers and partners will develop a framework for modeling cumulative impacts on salmonid populations to guide recovery planning and adaptive management based on stressor-response functions related to multiple threats.
  • Partners:
    • BC Ministry of Environment
    • DFO Science
    • Simon Fraser University
    • Alberta Environment and Parks
    • Nicola Basin Collaborative Research and Technical Committee
 $253,610 July 1, 2021 to March 31, 2024
Nanaimo Hatchery Upgrades to Improve Hatchery Performance and Assessment and Monitoring Capabilities Nanaimo River Stewardship Society

The Nanaimo River Stewardship Society will upgrade the Nanaimo River Hatchery to address ageing infrastructure and allow the facility to adapt to changing enhancement objectives and watershed activities.

Key elements include rebuilding the aeration tower, replacing aged incubation trays and boxes and optimizing the water supply to improve  biosecurity and marking options. In addition, upgrades to the stewardship building will allow the organization to maximize public and institutional education opportunities.

  • Partners:
    • Pacific Salmon Foundation
    • Cabela’s
    • Vancouver Island University
    • DFO Stock Assessment
$1,030,431 June 1, 2021 to March 31, 2024
Evaluation of coastal kelp farms as novel habitat for migrating salmonids and their prey Cascadia Seaweed Corporation Cascadia Seaweed Corp. and partners will research how coastal kelp farms can provide habitat for migrating Pacific salmonids and their food sources by integrating traditional and cutting-edge monitoring technologies.
  • Partners:
    • Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
    • Ocean Networks Canada
    • AML Oceanographics
    • Deep Trekker Inc.
$1,886,046 April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2024
Technology for more sustainable fisheries in BC T Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation This project aims to enhance the sustainability of BC’s fisheries using the use of innovative technologies. The project will test the effectiveness of LED light usage in shrimp trawl fishery, and use of knotless nets in the salmon and herring seine test fishery, to reduce bycatch, increase survivability of bycatch species, and prevent entanglements.
  • Partners:
    • BC Shrimp Trawl Association
    • Area B Seine Association
    • Commercial Fishing Caucus
 $320,700 August 1, 2021 to March 31, 2023
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