Here's what's new at PSF

Discussion in 'Conservation, Fishery Politics and Management.' started by Pacific Salmon Foundation, Dec 5, 2014.


    CIVANO Well-Known Member

    I can't attend but would like to donate some money for the cause. How do I do that?
  2. Thanks very much for the offer @CIVANO. I'll PM you now with options. You can always donate online at as well.

    Another item of note is that tomorrow marks our project selection day for the 100's of grant applications we get though our Community Salmon Program. If your salmon conservation group needs funding for streamkeeping, enhancement, or educational programs make sure you visit and apply!
  3. With the fishing season now upon us here is a list of derbies for 2016 that will be helping to support the PSF and spread the word on salmon conservation efforts in BC. If there are any derbies missing from this list please contact PSF to let us know.
    Fishing derbies in British Columbia have a great tradition of bringing like-minded folks together for a fun time. Thankfully for salmon, derbies also have a great tradition of giving back to the resource through raising funds to support the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s work. The fishing derbies listed below support a variety of Foundation projects, including the Community Salmon Program and the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, to name a few. We want to thank them for their ongoing support. Get your fishing derby involved in supporting our work by contacting Cory Matheson at or 604.664.7664 (ext 106) for more information.

    Saanich Inlet Salmon Challenge
    Mill Bay Marina
    Sidney Anglers Salmon Derby
    Port Sidney Marina

    Galiano Island Salmon Classic
    604.518.8946 (Ryan)
    Montague Harbour, Galiano Island

    West Coast Resorts Salmon Masters
    08/06/2016 to 12/06/2016
    Haida Gwaii
    Moby’s Fishing Derby
    18/06/2016 to 19/06/2016
    Moby’s Pub, Salt Spring Island

    Port Renfrew Salmon Championship
    18/06/2016 to 19/06/2016
    Pacific Gateway Marina, Port Renfrew
    Tofino Saltwater Classic
    02/07/2016 to 03/07/2016
    Marina West, Tofino
    Vancouver Chinook Classic
    27/08/2016 to 28/08/2016
    Pacific Gateway Hotel & Marina, Richmond

    Bamfield Tuna Shootout
    08/09/2016 to 17/09/2016
  4. A couple videos of the hard working folks involved with the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project

    Eelgrass & Salmon:
    Zooplankton & Salmon:
    Harmful Algae & Salmon:

    Full website dedicated to the project available here -
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  5. and another one on Juvenile Salmon Studies, including the importance of kelp, herring, and hatchery release timing


    It was a star-studded launch.

    B.C.-based biologist Alexandra Morton was elbow-to-elbow with Pamela Anderson of Baywatch fame and environmentalist and broadcaster David Suzuki for the announcement of “Operation Virus Hunt” targeting salmon farms on the B.C. coast this summer.

    Morton was leaving on a sailboat named the Martin Sheen (after the actor), owned by the controversial Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which has used tactics such as ramming ships to draw attention to their opposition to whaling.

    On the trip along the B.C. coast, which is still underway, the idea is to draw attention to concerns that diseases from farmed Atlantic salmon harm wild salmon stocks.

    Morton, who has published in scientific journals and is an opponent of ocean-based salmon farming, is making up-close observations of the farms and collecting mussels to determine the extent that piscine reovirus (PRV), linked to heart lesions in salmon from heart and skeletal muscle inflammation (HSMI), is prevalent in the marine environment.

    The trip received an immediate and strong response from the salmon farming industry, which said Anderson was making false statements and called the exercise a publicity stunt.

    “It’s important to differentiate between advocacy and research,” says Jeremy Dunn, a spokesman for the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association.

    Reaction also came from the Tlatlasikwala and Tlowitsis First Nations, which have salmon farms on their territory. They issued statements saying Morton was not welcome.

    “We recognize that some people are opposed to fish farming, even though their arguments don’t hold water,” said Tlowitsis chief John Smith.

    If nothing else, the dust-up showed there continues to be an intense debate over the potential effect salmon farms have on declining salmon stocks.

    The viewpoints can be widely disparate.

    Environmentalists, and some First Nations, see the more than 100 salmon farms on the coast as disease factories leaking harmful viruses, bacteria and sea lice into the ocean to the detriment of wild salmon.

    The industry, and the First Nations that partner with them, say they run tight operations that do not pose a danger to wild salmon. They also point to the economic importance of the industry and the jobs it provides, many of them in remote communities.

    This ongoing debate is why increased scientific knowledge is so important. And that is where there may be a glimmer hope.

    In 2013, the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Genome B.C. and the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans launched a major research project to investigate the high mortality rate of juvenile salmon during early ocean migration, including the effect from salmon farms.

    “There really hasn’t been strong, credible science out there to answer that question: What is the impact, and what kind of pathogens do we need to worry about in terms of transmission potential for aquaculture and wild fish,” said Kristi Miller-Saunders, head of the molecular genetics research program in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

    After spending the first phase of the project collecting 26,000 samples from wild, hatchery and farmed salmon, the research program has began testing the samples for 45 different microbes that are known to or could potentially cause diseases in salmon.

    Scientists are using a novel technique that allows 96 samples to be tested for all 45 microbes at the same time, vastly speeding up the process and allowing many more samples to be processed.

    The testing is still expected to take three years.

    Already, the testing has led to the discovery of HSMI at Norway-based Cermaq’s Venture Point salmon farm, although a definitive link to PRV has not been established in research in British Columbia.

    The search for answers is complicated by general scientific consensus — and a conclusion of the 2012 inquiry led by Justice Bruce Cohen into declines of Fraser River sockeye — that there are likely multiple stressors affecting salmon in rivers and the ocean, including warming waters from climate change.

    On Tuesday, Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc will make an announcement in Vancouver “regarding Fisheries and Oceans’ past and future work in implementing the Cohen recommendations” said a press release.

    The work led by Miller-Saunders is part of a larger effort that includes other research at the University of B.C., Simon Fraser University and the Pacific Salmon Foundation aimed at pinpointing why salmon runs are declining.

    “Where the research community needs to make the biggest difference is finding ways of putting different factors together and understanding whether or not factors are cumulative or synergistic or multiplicative — how they work together,” said Miller-Saunders.

    At least in this — that more research could provide much-needed answers — industry, environmentalists and First Nations agree. But they do not agree what should happen while the research is being carried out.

    Following a two-day strategy session last spring attended by representatives from more than 50 B.C. First Nations, the First Nation Wild Salmon Alliance recommended that all salmon farm licences remain restricted to one year until there is substantive evidence that farms do not put wild fish and ocean habitat at risk.

    However, two months later, the federal government issued six-year licences to salmon farms except in the Discovery Islands region, which has more than 20 farms.

    Cohen had singled out the Discovery Islands region in his recommendations, saying that if the Department of Fisheries and Oceans could not prove with research there was minimal risk to wild salmon from salmon farms by 2020, the farms should be removed.

    The Discovery Islands are a grouping of islands east of Vancouver Island near Campbell River which include Quadra and Cortes.

    Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation chief Bob Chamberlin, who helped found the Wild Salmon Alliance, said that for First Nations, the protection of wild salmon is paramount. “It is salmon that weaves our people together, from the coast to the Interior of the province.”

    Chamberlin says the freeze on expansion of salmon farms in the Discovery Islands region recommended by Cohen should be expanded provincewide because there are still too many gaps in the science.

    The Namgis First Nation on Vancouver Island have advocated a similar cautious approach.

    They have set up a land-based salmon farm — with the help of environmental groups such as Tides Canada — because of their concern over the potential harm from ocean salmon farms. The Wild Salmon Alliance also recommended this spring that all farms be moved to land, something the industry says is not economically viable.

    “It is better to err on the side of caution than wipe out our wild salmon while we make assumptions based on lack of data and studies,” says Namgis chief Debra Hanuse.

  7. Do you like salmon? great!

    What about kids? super!

    Then you will love this new crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for salmon education programs supported by PSF's Community Salmon Program. Crowdfunding website here:

    Our goal is to raise $10,000 in one month and we’d be very appreciative if you would consider helping us by:

    1. Sharing the campaign with friends, colleagues and associates

    2. Sharing via social media sites or e-news you administer

    3. Sending us any contacts you have with associations and clubs that might be interested in getting involved.

    4. Purchase items for friends, family and colleagues or yourself!


    Two supporters of ours, Bill Watterson (L) and Bob Kronbauer (R), donated their creativity & time to create graphic designs of each of the five Pacific salmon species in their spawning phase. This artwork was then put on canvas prints, t-shirts, posters, and buttons with 100% of proceeds to support grants for PSF funded community education programs. Items can be purchased at the link above.
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  8. agentaqua

    agentaqua Well-Known Member


    Buy a T-Shirt, Help Kids Learn About Salmon
    Education is key to keeping wild Pacific salmon healthy and abundant. Avid anglers Bill Watterson (L) and Bob Kronbauer (R) need your help to raise $10,000 to fund the purchase of aquariums and other equipment for salmon education programs supported by the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

    We are to excited to have raised $1,600 since launching three days ago. Here's three easy ways you can help us raise the rest:
    1. Purchase t-shirts, buttons, posters and prints for yourself, family and friends.
    2. Forward this email announcing the campaign to as many friends, colleagues and associates as you can think of
    3. Share on social media
    All items can be purchased here:

    Thank you!
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  9. tincan

    tincan Well-Known Member

    Tee shirt purchased! PSF now at 25% of their fundrazr goal of $10K to pay for aquariums and teaching tools for kids to learn about salmon and habitat. I'm sure many of us on there have been through this program or have kids/grandkids who have. It's a super important program to get the next generation interested in salmon conservation so hopefully others on here will support the campaign if you're in a position to do so. Most streamkeeping groups aren't getting any younger so we need young blood to help out!
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  11. MadJigga

    MadJigga Active Member

    What a great idea! Almost feel obligated while fishing!!
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  12. Thanks @MadJigga & @Sculpin . We certainly hope it serves as another means to getting our message of the importance of salmon conservation to as many BC residents as possible. PSF Lager will be served at many of the upcoming PSF fundraising dinners listed below and if anyone on here has a lodge, marina, or restaurant that would like to stock PSF Lager please reach out to Postmark Brewing directly at

    Pacific Salmon Foundation
    Calendar of Events

    Powell River Dinner & Auction
    October 22, 2016
    Dwight Hall

    Port Alberni Dinner & Auction
    November 5, 2016
    Echo Center

    Nanaimo Dinner/Dance & Auction
    November 26, 2016
    Beban Park

    Oceanside Dinner/Dance & Auction
    January 28, 2017
    Qualicum Beach Civic Center

    Campbell River Dinner & Auction
    February 4, 2017
    Fraternal Order of Eagles

    South Vancouver Island Gala Dinner & Auction
    February 18, 2017
    The Fairmont Empress

    Fraser Valley Dinner & Auction
    March 4, 2017

    Vancouver Gala Dinner & Auction
    May 12, 2017
    Vancouver Convention Center
  13. When you make a tax-deductible donation by December 31st, 2016 to the Pacific Salmon Foundation your donation will be matched! When you consider that at least 90 cents of every dollar donated goes directly into salmon projects - that's a good deal for salmon. What's more - you'll be entered to win a reel, rod and tackle package donated by PEETZ Outdoors or a beer fridge stocked with PSF Lager! You get one entry for every $100 donated. First name drawn gets first choice.

    Attached Files:

  14. We just posted this on our PSF Facebook Page but thought we would include it here as well. If you're interested in volunteering please DM here or contact our business development officer Cory at directly. Keep in mind 100% of sales & donations at the show will go towards salmon conservation projects in Greater Victoria in 2017, in addition to the many other grants that PSF will be providing to the area.


    Looking for some volunteer experience to put on your resume? We're looking for some energetic volunteers this coming Friday, Saturday or Sunday at the Victoria Boat Show. We'll be selling cool PSF tees to raise money for local salmon projects.

    Shifts are about two hours (or longer if you like) between:
    • Friday 1pm - 8pm
    • Saturday 10am - 6pm
    • Sunday 10am - 4pm

    Email: if you're interested.
  15. PSF Gala Invite - May 12, 2017.jpg

    PSF's Annual Vancouver Gala & Auction is coming up Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This will be the Foundation's 25th anniversary of the fundraising dinner!

    Details in the pic above or emails for tickets or sponsorship inquiries.
  16. Birdsnest

    Birdsnest Well-Known Member

  17. As of July, 2017, the annual Salish Sea Marine Survival Project progress report for 2016 findings is now available online for those interested. See key findings and a link to the full report below.

    Key Findings 2016
    • An outbreak of Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (or HSMI) was found in fish from one Atlantic salmon fish farm. This was the first time HSMI was diagnosed in British Columbia.
    • Results from juvenile salmon predation studies
    • initial estimates that Harbour seals in the Strait
    of Georgia are consuming up to 40 per cent of
    juvenile Chinook and 47 per cent of juvenile
    • in Cowichan Bay and the Big Qualicum River
    estuary, Harbour seals are:
    • showing different feeding strategies in the
    estuary compared to further afield; and;
    • consuming different kinds of salmon during
    the year, with more juvenile Chum eaten in
    the fall and more juvenile Chinook and Coho
    in the spring.
    • Tracking of “tagged” Cowichan hatchery
    Chinook showed that their survival in-river may
    be significantly impacted by predators such
    as other fish, mergansers, otters, and even
    • The survival of Cowichan hatchery fry increased
    when they were released at locations further
    downstream from the hatchery, which could inform
    future hatchery release strategies.
    • Our Citizen Science oceanography project allowed
    nine vessels to be out on the Salish Sea for 22
    days, with all of the Strait of Georgia sampled each
    day. They undertook 1,369 sampling events, which
    resulted in more than 8,000 samples for analysis. - Email version PSF_Salish_Sea_Project_2016_Report_.pdf
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  18. Thanks to our friends at Islander Reels for generously donating a new TR3 reel and Islander mooching rod as top prize for PSF's annual year-end fundraising campaign.


    Every $100 tax-receiptable donation at will be entered to win. $100 = 1 entry. $500 = 5 entries. Good luck and thanks to all for your support!
  19. Donors for our Salish Sea Marine Survival Project have helped develop new technologies that will benefit salmon far into the future. Here's one that will allow us to track individual fish. To join this landmark initiative you can donate online today, and have your donation matched. AND every $100 donation will receive 1 entry to win a TR3 reel and mooching rod donated by Islander Reels. Thanks for caring for our wild salmon. You can donate here:


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