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

Dylan DesRoche comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on April 20, 2015

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.

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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.

 

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Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation projects

There are two multi-year projects the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation is funding.

– $27,500 restoration of a cold, freshwater habitat for Atlantic salmon on the West and Clyde Rivers. This project should take two years.  

– Continuation of the previously established Atlantic salmon habitat in several lakes and rivers in the Souris area. That is expected to cost $26,500 a year for the next three years.

There are three single year projects that are being newly funded.

– Restore the Atlantic salmon habitat on the Midgell watershed.

– Restore the northern branch of Caruther’s brook in Mill River.

– Trout River in Tyne Valley will also see some improvements with $9,020 being spent on restoring the Atlantic salmon habitat in that region.

 – The Morell salmon habitat reclamation project will also be continued, adding an additional year to the two it already had be running for.

This project will see the Morell Salmon habitat reclaimed after the habitat was degraded by human and beaver activity.