Friday, October 18, 2019

Prince Rupert Port Authority makes investment in support of salmon stocks and habitat

Five projects around the Northwest will benefit from just over 161,000 dollars in funding from the Prince Rupert Port Authority, which will direct the funding towards the new Skeena River Salmon Enhancement program that was introduced earlier this year.

The funding comes after a challenging year for fish stocks across the Northwest, with many First Nation communities impacted by the low returns that were found.

Towards today's announcement the Port will be dividing up their funding towards these five programs

Skeena Fisheires Commission
Skeena River Estuary Dissolved Organic Carbon Study --$33,425

Skeena Fisheries Commission
Gitanyow Lake Sockey Salmon Assessment -- $25,500

Gitanyow Fisheires Authority
Kitwanga River Chum Salmon Enhancement Study  -- $12,000

Gitxsan Watershed Authorities
Kispiox River Watersheds Temperature Monitoring Initiative -- $22,960

Lax Kw'alaams Fisheries
Lower Skeena River Pound Net Feasibility Study and Construction project -- $67,487

The Port of Prince Rupert announced funding for a number of
salmon initiatives around the Northwest today
(photo from PRPA)

As part of today's announcement, Prince Rupert Port Authority President and CEO Shaun Stevenson outlined the commitment by the Port Authority towards the region that the funding represents.

“The Prince Rupert Port Authority recognizes that a healthy salmon population is vital to not only the community of Prince Rupert, but to the entire Northwest region. We take our commitment to our communities and our environment seriously, and it is our privilege to partner with organizations and to contribute dedicated resources to the betterment of the Skeena River and its salmon populations. Our organization wants to be part of a local solution to address some of the critical challenges that are facing Skeena salmon.”

You can review the full scope of the five projects that will be funded through program from this link to the Port of Prince Rupert website.

For more items of note on the North Coast Fishery see our archive page here.

Further background on Port of Prince Rupert initiatives can be explored here.

To view the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

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