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|
|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.
||$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.
||$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.
||$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.
||$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.
||$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.
||$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.
||$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.
||$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.
||$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.
||$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.
||$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.
||$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.
||$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.
||$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.
||$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.
||$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.
||$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.
||$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|
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