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British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund annual results summary 2019 to 2020

British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund annual results summary 2019 to 2020
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Program summary

The British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF) was initiated in 2019. In the first year of the program, 42 projects were approved. To supplement internal analysis of early project results and outcomes, BCSRIF conducted a voluntary recipient survey that focused on preliminary ecological and socio-economic project outcomes. Significant on-the-ground results were reported by recipients that received early funding; of the 42 projects approved in the inaugural year of the program, 20 were already beginning to show tangible results by spring 2020, and were in a position to report on how their projects have benefitted BC’s fish and seafood sector and contributed to the sustainability of BC fish stocks, including wild Pacific salmon. Additional data on the remaining projects approved in 2019 will be made available in the subsequent edition of this report.

Geographic distribution of BCSRIF projects

Total fish habitat restored

Over 955,000 square meters of fish habitat restored in Year 1.


Since fall 2019, BCSRIF has held more than 144 meetings with Indigenous organizations and stakeholders.

Quick overview

Section 1: Report purpose

The “British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund: Annual Results Summary (2019-20)”, provides an overview of the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF) contribution program, and its performance in meeting its objectives toward sustainability of fisheries and BC’s fish and seafood sector.

This report highlights key project achievements and outcomes after the first fiscal year of the program, from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. It provides early results on how BCSRIF projects are benefiting BC’s fish and seafood sector and contributing to the sustainability of BC fish stocks, including wild Pacific salmon (i.e. socio-economic and ecological outcomes). Cumulative program results will be reported annually.

These results are primarily compiled from recipient responses to a voluntary survey undertaken after the first fiscal year of program funding (2019-20), which was conducted to assess key project achievements, outcomes and metrics, as well as internal analysis undertaken by BCSRIF. Survey responses served to supplement financial and progress-based reports that recipients are required to submit under the terms of their Contribution Agreements, in order to provide a more holistic understanding of the program’s overall progress and results. The survey garnered information on project scope and scale of benefits, as well as metrics related to economic and environmental performance. Recipients were also requested to provide short narratives about key project achievements products, outcomes and benefits.

In the first year of the program, 42 projects were approved. Recipients that were able to commence project activities during the first year of the program were able to provide reporting on early outcomes from their projects in spring 2020. Of the 42 recipients, twenty were in a position to report preliminary results on how their project are providing benefits to BC’s fish and seafood sector and contributing to the sustainability of BC fish stocks, including wild Pacific salmon. While the remaining projects had limited results to report by spring 2020, these additional outcomes will be provided in next year’s Annual Summary report.

Funding by program pillar

Section 2: Introduction


BCSRIF supports 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.

Healthy wild fish stocks and a thriving fishing sector are integral to the economic prosperity and social well-being of BC’s coastal communities. Wild salmon are culturally important for many First Nations in BC, and are a vital part of the province’s recreational, sport and commercial fishing industries.

BCSRIF was officially launched on March 15, 2019 and represents a joint federal/provincial investment of up to $142.85 million over five years, until March 2024. BCSRIF provides opportunities for commercial and recreational fishers, non-governmental organizations and Indigenous communities to participate in activities that will enhance the sustainability of BC’s fish and seafood sector by improving the resiliency of Pacific salmon and other wild fish stocks and supporting the modernization and improved sustainability of regional fisheries. Over the life of the program, funding is intended to result in large-scale, long-lasting, and far- reaching outcomes that will help ensure that the fish and seafood sector in BC is positioned for long-term success under rapidly evolving environmental and economic conditions. Further information on the program is provided in Appendix 1.

Section 3: Program funding categories

Program pillars

BCSRIF supports activities under the three investment categories, or program “pillars” of Innovation, Infrastructure and Science Partnerships.

BCSRIF supports innovation in the research and development of new products, methodologies or activities to advance Canada’s fish and seafood sector markets as well as in the creation of partnerships and networks that support the protection and restoration of wild fish stocks.

Investments in infrastructure encourage capital investments in new products, technologies and processes that improve the effectiveness, quality and sustainability of the fish and seafood sector or support the advancement of sustainable fishing practices.

Investing in science partnerships supports scientific activities and research in the development of sustainable harvesting, processing and aquaculture technologies, research on the impacts of climate change and the resulting ecosystem shifts in fisheries, as well as other science activities that protect and restore priority wild fish stocks in BC, with a focus on wild Pacific salmon species.

Many of the projects selected for funding in 2019 align with more than one program pillar; 100% of the funded projects support innovation in some capacity, either as a direct linkage through, for example, the development of new technology, or more indirectly through the use of novel or innovative process or collaborations to engage partners in the pursuit of common objectives. Examples of projects funded under each program pillar can be found in Appendix 2.

Program priorities (2019)

In addition to basic criteria outlined in the program’s terms and conditions, BC and DFO identified joint priority investment areas to provide scope to the application process.

These priorities were informed by engagement with Indigenous organizations, regional stakeholders, government experts (e.g. fisheries managers), academia, and experience in delivering other funding programs of similar scope. Program-specific priorities are reflective of broader provincial and federal areas of interest, including mandate commitments and significant policy initiatives. Under the three broad themes of Aquaculture, Habitat and Healthy Salmon, and Fisheries and Seafood Innovation, the 2019 priorities established for were:

Examples of projects that support these priorities can be found in Appendix 3.

In addition, projects were considered for their alignment with the Province of BC’s 2019-20 strategic priorities:

Funding by priority

Section 4: 2019 in review

In 2019, BCSRIF completed one call for applications (Round 1), and 192 Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for program funding were submitted from March 15 to April 15, 2019, requesting more than $327M. As a result of the process, 42 projects were approved for funding in three batches, resulting in a total investment of $71.3M over the five years of the program.

Table of approved projects

  Project proponent Project title Allocation
Batch 1 - Projects approved in summer 2019
1 Canadian Groundfish Research and Conservation Society Electronic application for enhanced selective fishing and bycatch avoidance $ 600,000
2 University of Victoria, School of Environmental Studies Enhancing rockfish recovery through citizen science, outreach and field experiments $ 758,780
3 BC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences Build wet lab to investigate wild/farmed interaction and stock restoration $ 3,550,000
4 British Columbia Conservation Foundation (BCCF) Innovative habitat restoration demonstration $ 4,980,780
5 National Indigenous Fisheries Institute National Indigenous Fisheries Institute: engagement $ 355,095
6 Scw’exmx (Nicola) Tribal Association Rehabilitation of critical infrastructure to improve survival of Thompson steelhead and chinook $ 1,314,027
7 The Nature Trust of BC Enhancing estuary resiliency: An innovative approach to sustaining fish and fish habitat in a changing climate $ 8,552,415
8 UBC (Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences) Enhancing sustainability of capture and release marine recreational Pacific salmon fisheries using new tools/technology $ 1,938,002
9 Secwepemcul’ecw Restoration and Stewardship Society Elephant Hill fire riparian restoration project $ 2,629,833
10 Baker Creek Enhancement Society with Nazko First Nations Plateau Fire Recovery – Riparian plant collection and planting for restoration of chinook and coho salmon habitat in the Nazko area $ 750,000
11 Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (University of Victoria) Place-based risk of climate change to sustainability of BC wild and hatchery-origin salmon $ 1,025,000
12 Namgis First Nation Broughton wild salmon restoration project $ 4,220,529
13 Namgis First Nation Independent BC First Nations’ Genomic Lab for BC (Phase 1) $ 50,560
14 Namgis First Nation Implementation of the Broughton First Nations Indigenous Monitoring and Inspection Plan $ 7,349,000
15 Comox Valley Project Watershed Society 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 $ 321,779
16 Makeway Charitable Society (formerly Tides Canada Foundation) Resilient Waters: Phase 1 $ 598,755
17 Cowichan Valley Regional District Cowichan River salmon restoration program - sustainable water supply - Engineering $ 4,075,912
18 Pacific Salmon Foundation Science-based review of hatchery results in the Pacific Region $ 1,083,498
19 Canadian Wildlife Federation BC Fish passage restoration intiative $ 3,999,721
20 British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association Promotion of habitat restoration and stewardship on agricultural lands in the BC Interior $ 550,000
21 North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission International Pan-Pacific Salmon Expedition (2021) $ 3,022,000
22 Sport Fishing Institute of BC BC Fishing App $ 910,500
23 Sport Fishing Institute of BC Vision 2021 $ 700,879
Batch 2 - Projects approved in winter 2019
24 Peninsula Streams Society Millstream fishway project $ 300,000
25 Pacific Salmon Foundation Winter salmon survey in the Gulf of Alaska $ 650,000
26 Squamish River Watershed Society Elaho River chinook salmon restoration project $ 522,486
27 Gitanyow Huwlip Society; Gitanyow Fisheries Authority Kitwanga River sockeye salmon recovery plan implementation $ 867,020
Batch 3 - Projects approved in spring 2020
28 University of British Columbia Optimizing recirculating aquaculture systems for sustainable salmon production $ 1,829,490
29 University of British Columbia Drivers of inter-annual variability in zooplankton feeding in the Strait of Georgia: A combined model-observation approach $ 165,000
30 Pacific Prawn Fishermen’s Association Improving sustainability of British Columbia's commercial spot prawn (Pandalus platyceros) fishery and prawn stocks $ 117,996
31 Juan de Fuca Salmon Restoration Society Creation of salmon conservation facility $ 920,000
32 Seymour Salmonid Society Seymour Watershed Restoration Project $ 618,844
33 Spruce City Wildlife Association Upper Fraser chinook strategic enhancement project $ 240,362
34 Adams Lake Indian Band (ALIB) Upper Adams Salmon Restoration Program $ 2,521,181
35 Osoyoos Indian Band Inkaneep Creek Restoration $ 360,283
36 Namgis First Nation Phase 2: Independent First Nations' Genomic Lab for BC $ 1,977,828
37 Pacific Salmon Foundation Percy Walkus Hatchery upgrade $ 336,895
38 Pacific Salmon Foundation Determination of bottlenecks limiting wild and enhanced juvenile salmon and steelhead production in BC using PIT tags and spatially comprehensive arrays $ 4,619,877
39 Pacific Salmon Foundation Empowering Indigenous community fisheries with deep learning – computer vision for adaptive management of terminal salmon fisheries $ 410,300
40 Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance Chilliwack Coho PIT tag escapement project $ 679,690
41 Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Partnership for a novel framework for assessing and managing Pacific Herring fisheries on the West Coast of Vancouver Island $ 390,500
42 Skeena Fisheries Commission Bear River Autonomous Salmon Enumeration $ 402,439
  Total $ 71,267,226

Additional information on these projects, including project descriptions, can be found on the BCSRIF website.

Section 5: Measuring success

The extent to which projects generate tangible benefits to the fish and seafood sector can, in part, be measured by several key performance indicators. The following sections provide a “snapshot” of BCSRIF’s program performance to date, based on responses to the 2019 BCSRIF Annual Results Survey, and on observations through project monitoring by DFO. As previously noted, 20 of 42 project recipients provided survey responses to inform project performance-related data. These metrics are compiled to highlight the program’s successes related to: economic and socio-economic factors, the level of engagement and collaboration, and ecological outcomes. Appendix 5 highlights examples of other outcomes and benefits that BCSRIF projects are providing for BC’s fish stocks, and those who participate in the fisheries and seafood sector.

The generation of potential practical benefits across sectors is an important objective of BCSRIF. The scope and scale of project influence is an indicator of the program’s broad support toward improved productivity and sustainability of regional fisheries, increased knowledge shared amongst national and international researchers, and the substantive efforts being made to restore fish stocks and habitat. Many BCSRIF funded projects have far-reaching influence; 70% of responding recipients report having a scale of project influence at the provincial, national or international levels.

Scale of project influence

55% of survey respondents are making advancements in Information Technology.

5.1 Measuring success: engagement

Engagement with Indigenous organizations and stakeholders on funding priorities and distribution of funding are important during program development and for providing transparency or process for Grants and Contributions (G&C) programs like BCSRIF. Broad engagement provides a variety of eligible applicants with information related to funding opportunities as well as advice in generating high quality applications.

Early discussions were held with internal and external stakeholders to garner feedback on BCSRIF’s program development and its priorities. Throughout the first year of program implementation, BCSRIF continued engaging with Indigenous organizations, industry associations, academia, ENGOs, and stewardship groups regarding potential projects, and to review decisions on previous applications, to support resubmission of projects under a refined scope. These discussions also provided a valuable forum for BCSRIF representatives to seek feedback on early program progress, and to explore Indigenous and stakeholder interests to inform future investments and direction of the Fund. Since fall 2019, the BCSRIF team has held more than 144 meetings with Indigenous organizations and stakeholders to provide information and advice, and to discuss proposed projects.

Since that time, significant additional engagement has been undertaken by BCSRIF to support proponent applications under the 2020 funding intake; these results will be reported in the annual report for the second year of the program.

5.2 Measuring success: economic outcomes

Success indicators regarding BCSRIF’s economic outcomes are measured by the number of people directly employed through BCSRIF funding, and the number of people engaged in training opportunities by BCSRIF-funded projects. An understanding of the number of people paid directly through BCSRIF funds provides a measure of the program’s generated employment opportunities. Indirect employment opportunities were not assessed, but would be realized by many employment sectors, for example, materials and equipment manufacturers. Training opportunities also represent a significant contribution to the economy; combining the benefits of education with attaining employable skills is an investment in human capital that can add to future labour-markets. This can be particularly important to Indigenous communities and people living in BC’s rural areas where resource-related employment, particularly in the fisheries sector, requires specific training; for example, fish habitat restoration and stock assessment work.

In fiscal year 2019-20, surveyed BCSRIF recipients report having directly employed up to 240 persons for 20 projects. Recipients also reported that training and skills development was a strong component in over 50% of the projects being undertaken. As a cumulative total, respondents report that up to 250 people have received some level of training related to the projects either in specific fisheries related areas such as fisheries assessment, fish habitat restoration and or monitoring, or in other associated areas such as first aid or other operational licensing. At the end of year one, six BCSRIF projects reported having delivered training to large numbers of individuals, with project personnel developing skills in riparian (i.e. streamside) planting, fish enumeration, water quality monitoring, aquaculture, and hatchery operations.

Number of persons paid through BCSRIF funding (i.e., directly or indirectly employed through either full or part-time employment, contract employment or partial salary)

Number of people trained in association with delievering the project (e.g.,fisheries assessment, fish habitat monitoring, First Aid/Safety Courses, Operators licences)

5.3 Measuring success: Partnerships and public participation

Collectively, three metrics were assessed as success indicators regarding the level of collaboration and engagement stemming from funded projects: the total number of partner organizations, the total number of Indigenous partner organizations and the total number of volunteers involved in projects. These indicators provide a measurable outcome that shows BCSRIF projects have a high level of partnerships and volunteer participation, highlighting the far-reaching influence that BCSRIF funding has in providing benefits to multiple communities and stakeholders.

All BCSRIF projects reported partnerships between organizations, either at a financial level or as in-kind support; most projects are also supported by significant community volunteerism. Partnerships are critical - they aid in the pooling and sharing of resources, increase shared knowledge, provide opportunity for education and development of expertise, and promote communications and awareness of the challenges within the fish and seafood sector, fish and fish habitat, and sciences related to fisheries that BCSRIF aims to address. Having strong partnership support helps minimize the risk of project failure. In the first fiscal year, surveyed recipients reported having established (up to) 230 partnerships with other organizations.

Community volunteers are also providing significant support to BSRIF projects. Cumulatively, the surveyed recipients report that over 300 community volunteers have contributed to the success of BCSRIF projects over the first year of the program. Three project recipients - Comox Valley Project Watershed Society, Makeway Canada (formerly Tides Canada), and the BC Cattlemen’s Association - reported that over 50 people had volunteered on their projects, respectively, with additional support anticipated in future years. Furthermore, over 90% of survey respondents reported that public and stakeholder engagement, outreach and education are core components of their project.

Number of total partner organizations engaged in the project (i.e., providing cash and/or in-kind support to project, including Indigenous partners)

Number of total volunteer persons engaged in the project

40% of survey respondents will communicate project results through public media (i.e., journal article, video or web-based publication).

5.4 Measuring success: Indigenous participation

Indigenous involvement in the BCSRIF program is strong. Of the 42 funded projects, 13 (31%) are being led by Indigenous organizations. In addition, 14 (33%) recipients identified they had leveraged direct support from Indigenous partners in delivering their projects.

Surveyed recipients also reported the participation of (up to) 120 Indigenous organizations in aspects of their project undertakings to support its outcomes. Over 50% of the recipients also reported having high levels of collaboration with Indigenous organizations and highlighted improved project outcomes resulting from the incorporation of Indigenous Knowledge (IK) in the planning and implementation of their projects.

Indigenous participation continues to be a key area of focus for the program. Building on early lessons learned, BCSRIF will ensure that program policies and processes are designed to be inclusive, and enable opportunities to increase cooperation towards reaching shared goals related to protecting and restoring wild Pacific salmon, and improving the sustainability of the fishing sector.

Number of Indigenous partner organizations engaged in the project (i.e., providing cash and/or in-kind support to project)

5.5 Measuring success: ecological outcomes

A critical piece when measuring BCSRIF project/program performance is the consideration of benefits to aquatic species, and more specifically, on their efforts to restore BC’s wild salmon stocks. Metrics used to assess BCSRIF’s ecological outcomes included the identification of direct benefits provided to targeted species at risk, and the identification of outcomes supporting fish and fish habitat.

Metrics used to assess BCSRIF’s ecological outcomes

  1. Identifying the species benefited plus
  2. Limiting factors being addressed by habitat restoration projects plus
  3. Amount of habitat restored
  4. = 955,257m2 of fish habitat restored through BCSRIF funding (that is just in the first year!).

Of those projects, 11 provide targeted benefits to Southern BC Chinook; 8 to Interior-Fraser Coho; 7 to Fraser Sockeye, and 5 to Thompson-Chilcotin Steelhead. Benefits to these species are mainly being provided through fish habitat rehabilitation and restoration efforts.

60% of survey respondents reported their project would provide direct benefits to a targeted COSEWIC-assessed Species at Risk (SAR) population.

50% of habitat restoration projects supported by BCSRIF identify the dominant limiting factors being addressed as relating primarily to fish passage and anthropogenic (human-caused) fish habitat effects (i.e. loss of fish habitat due to urban, transportation or industry related impacts), and secondarily, to fish harvest caused effects (46%).

Other high-ranking limiting factors being addressed by fish habitat restoration projects include: stream flow concerns (39%), floodplain disconnection (31%), riparian loss (31%), and water quality issues (31%).

Understanding what types of restoration activities are being undertaken to address the limiting factors for fish and improve fish habitat productivity for priority BC wild fish stocks is important. There are many components and stages of work that contribute to fish habitat restoration. Habitat restoration activities undertaken during fiscal year, 2019-20, were predominantly related to planning, assessment and design work in support of physical fish habitat restoration projects that will be implemented in future years. In fiscal year 2019-2020, BCSRIF approved 17 projects in support the priority of the restoration, protection and maintenance and healthy and diverse salmon populations and their habitats. In the first year of the program, 5 recipients completed elements of their projects that will significantly contribute to BCSRIF’s outcomes related to habitat restoration. A description of these achievements are provided in Appendix 4.

25% of survey respondents reported that their project will result in peer-reviewed academic research papers.

Section 6: Impacts from COVID-19

As expected, the rise of COVID-19 in 2020 has impacted BCSRIF-funded projects. Although disruptive, many recipients have developed innovative strategies to mitigate COVID-19 challenges and project delays. For example, planned in-person meetings and workshops have been held virtually, local staff have been hired to conduct activities where access to some BC communities has been restricted (e.g. many First Nation communities) and seasonal field activities have been reduced or rescheduled. In addition, some recipients have incurred additional expenses due to COVID-19, and/or were unable to complete scheduled activities as outlined in their Contribution Agreement. BCSRIF has worked with project proponents to consider potential measures, including re-allocation of project resources and extensions to timelines, in order to minimize impacts and ensure continued project success.

BCSRIF will continue to work with clients to find new and innovative ways to adapt to emerging challenges facing the sector, including impacts to projects as a result of COVID-19. Despite the limitations posed by public health restrictions, many recipients were able to implement mitigation strategies to overcome these challenges, which in some cases, resulted in unanticipated positive benefits. For example, restrictions on entering certain communities to conduct projectrelated activities resulted in local community-members being provided with the tools and training to undertake the activities directly, providing a valuable source of employment during the COVID health crisis.

Section 7: Looking forward

In fiscal year 2020-21, BCSRIF will continue to implement key program activities, including the consideration of funding for additional projects. Projects that were approved in early 2020 are beginning to implement work plans and report on results. A second opportunity to apply for funding was provided in summer 2020; details will be provided once new projects are approved.

New funding priorities were developed to guide the 2020 round of application intake, based on analysis of BCSRIF investments in 2019, emerging sectoral needs, programming gaps, and to address current federal and provincial areas of interest. Under the broad themes of Aquaculture, Habitat and Healthy Salmon, and Fisheries and Seafood Innovation established in 2019, the 2020 intake targeted projects related to:

Updates on the status of the program, including details of additional projects selected for funding, will be provided on the BCSRIF website.

Future reports on program results will be further informed by ongoing project monitoring and evaluation activities, as well as additional year-end results reports submitted by recipients and the findings of in-field assessments. In the future, BCSRIF will report on the final results of individual projects, as well as providing summary information on the cumulative outcomes and impacts of program investments to wild stocks, and the regional fish and seafood sector.

Appendix 1: Program overview

As part of the provincial and federal government effort to support BC’s fish and seafood sector, projects funded under BCSRIF aim to address recent declines in salmon and other wild fish stocks and support the sustainability of Canada’s marine resources for future generations through habitat restoration, research and science activities, improvements to community hatcheries, and innovation in the aquaculture and fishing sectors.

These investments support a response to advice and recommendations made by the Minister of Agriculture’s Advisory Council on Finfish Aquaculture (MAACFA) and Wild Salmon Advisory Council (WSAC). They also complement DFO’s commitment under Canada’s Policy for Conservation of Wild Pacific Salmon (WSP) and address recommendations made by the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, as well as federal and provincial mandate commitments.

BCSRIF is one of four transfer payment programs delivered through the Fish and Seafood Sector Program, which was established to advance a national approach for improved market access and branding, opportunities to maximize the value of Canada’s fish and seafood sector and, in BC, to help to rebuild salmon stocks.

The BC Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund is administered under a bi-lateral Framework Agreement that outlines the responsibilities of federal and provincial partners in delivering the program.

BCSRIF funding is open to BC-based applicants that are active in or support BC’s fish and seafood sector. BCSRIF funding is awarded through a competitive application process. Additional information on the program and opportunities to apply for funding is available available on the BCSRIF website.

Appendix 2: Examples of projects funded under each program pillar


The Vision 2021 project is led by the Sports Fishing Institute of BC (SFI). Its goal is to modernize the Sport Fish Advisory Board’s operational and financial processes to improve the Board's ability to assist Canada’s decision-making regarding the public recreational fishery. In 2019, SFI commenced work toward an economic development model and data warehouse for storing socio-economic data for use in fisheries management decisions and actions. The improved access to reliable economic data will better inform management decisions and lead to enhanced capabilities to maximize potential economic rent and social benefits through improved decision making.


Efforts to improve flood control infrastructure and restore estuarine habitats on tributaries of the Fraser River is being undertaken by Makeway Charitable Society (formerly Tides Canada Initiatives). In 2019-20, MakeWay held advisory workshops to inform the development of a prioritization framework for remediation projects, and with international experts, pursued innovative solutions to fish passage though fish-friendly infrastructure flood control designs. This year, 25 projects will be further considered under the lens of balancing ecological and socio-economic benefits alongside engineering feasibility and willingness of partners; this will ultimately lead to a subset of fish habitat restoration projects through infrastructure remediation on the Fraser River, with the goal of improving estuarine habitats.

Science partnerships

In 2019-20, the Pacific Salmon Foundation led a Winter Salmon Survey in the Gulf of Alaska as a collaborative study with international researchers from the United States and Russia. The expedition conducted surface and deep water trawl surveys to better understand variable, and recently very poor, Pacific salmon returns and the ecological effects of high surface temperatures and its linkage to salmon production. By monitoring and assessing ocean productivity and salmon distribution, scientists are hoping to improve our knowledge in order to address the impacts of climate change. Preliminary study results suggest that the abundance of Pacific salmon observed in our fisheries and communities is related to the productivity of the NE Pacific ocean ecosystem, which was the major hypotheses of the research.

Appendix 3: Examples of projects that support BCSRIF priorities

Habitat and healthy salmon

Osoyoos Indian Band is undertaking the Inkaneep Creek Restoration project which aims to restore the creek’s floodplain and remediate mudslide damages. The project is about reconnections; it will reconnect natural land-water nutrient cycling systems from lowlands to uplands and support vegetation regrowth and other natural ecosystem functions, to benefit both fish and wildlife. The project applies innovation in sustainable fisheries comanagement by combining Indigenous knowledge and western science in habitat restoration and conservation. Initial outreach and preliminary monitoring and evaluation is underway.

Fisheries and seafood innovation

An electronic application (App) to minimize finfish bycatch and improve selective harvesting practices is being built by the Canadian Groundfish Research and Conservation Society in partnership with Vericatch Solutions Inc. The App utilizes at-sea monitoring data to create heat maps showing where marine species of concern are being encountered. It is intended for use by fishing vessels for access to real-time at-sea monitoring data from all commercial groundfish vessels such that incidental bycatch of marine species of concern (e.g., Chinook salmon, Bocaccio Rockfish) can be minimized or avoided. Map work and report modules were commenced during the 2019-20 fiscal year.


The ‘Namgis, Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis, and Mamalilikulla First Nations, and Okanagan Nation Alliance, MOWI Canada West and Cermaq Canada, are partnering in the ‘Implementation of the Broughton First Nations Indigenous monitoring and inspection plan’ which is intended to build capacity in the monitoring and oversight of finfish farms in the Broughton Archipelago, as well as capacity to monitor wild salmon, other marine species, and their ecosystems. They also plan to undertake salmon restoration activities.

Appendix 4: Examples of projects resulting in ecological benefits

Appendix 5: Other benefits and outcomes of BCSRIF projects

Scientific research

Citizen science

Indigenous engagement and Indigenous knowledge (IK)

Hatchery infrastructure and operations

Technological innovation

Climate change adaptation

Canadian fish and seafood products and markets

Restoring fish access

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