Atlantic Salmon group spending $100,000 in Prince Edward Island

Dylan DesRoche
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It’s been a milestone year for the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation, as the group designates more than $100,000 to support six conservation projects on P.E.I.

It’s been a milestone year for the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation, as the group designates more than $100,000 to support six conservation projects on P.E.I.

This marks the first time the foundation has ever had more than $100,000 in funding for projects in P.E.I.


The foundation also set new records, with 61 projects in eastern Canada receiving grants, totalling more than a million dollars in funding.

The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation (ASCF) supports conservation efforts aimed at protecting wild Atlantic salmon in eastern Canada.

The foundation’s executive director, Stephen Chase, called 2015 a milestone year and went on to thank the agency’s funding partners.

“With the support of our funding partners, the foundation has established itself as a major granting agency for wild Atlantic salmon conservation and river conservation in Canada. In P.E.I., we are very grateful to the P.E.I. liquor control commission and its participating suppliers for their campaign again this year,” said Chase

The six grants on P.E.I will help support habitat restoration work across the Island.

The foundation received 95 applications for funding this year from a varity of groups, including environmental groups, aboriginal groups and university researchers.

The quality and amount of applications was impressive, said Chase, especially the number of university researchers.

“We are particularly pleased to have received and approved a number of applications from university researchers. There are also a number of multi-year project in each province, which illustrates the enduring commitment to salmon from the conservation groups involved,” said Chase.

Organizations: Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation, Eastern Canada.The foundation, Island.The foundation

Geographic location: Atlantic, Prince Edward Island, Canada Souris Mill River Trout River Tyne Valley

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Recent comments

  • Waste of Money
    April 20, 2015 - 12:47

    The amount of time and effort spent on restoration of Salmon on PEI has been a complete bust. The restoration of the rivers is absolutely necessary but to have things specific for salmon have just not worked. If we spent the time effort and dollars on trout we would have a world class fishery. The focus is all wrong. What has been done has not worked either especially when you see how few salmon return to rivers on PEI.

  • Reality of Conservation
    April 20, 2015 - 11:54

    i agree that some things do need to change here on the island with regards to agriculture, but ASCF are no spring chickens. They and the watershed Groups know that blaming agricultural producers is not going to get them anywhere. Have you ever tried knocking on a farmers door to get permission to work on their property. A Pesticide Free PEI decal on your vehicle won't win you any favours. The key to conservation is working together and most farmers are happy to work with us. If we approach farmers in a manner akin to the way greenpeace and other groups like that go about their business, farmers will not want to work with us. But if we approach them respectfully and we work together like ASCF, ASF, DU, the many watershed groups on the island and other conservation groups do, we can solve these fish kill problems and 99% of the time the farmers are happy to partner with us. The greatest ally that wildlife have believe it or not is the farmer. So here's hoping there won't be a major fish kill this summer and as long as conservation groups and farmers work together as they always have done there shouldn't be any.

  • I live near a river
    April 20, 2015 - 11:01

    This is great, but please, please, please, do something to stop island agribusiness from poisoning our rivers. With the annual fish kills there will soon be nothing left to conserve.