Salmon Conservation, Habitat Restoration & Enhancement
The SAA is very active in salmon conservation, habitat restoration and enhancement projects. Each year members work on salmon enhancement projects ranging from operating live net pens, to stream restorations, to volunteering in hatchery operations.
To support this important work, the SAA in 2011 initiated an annual fundraising salmon derby with net proceeds designated to go to salmon conservation, habitat restoration and enhancement projects. In 2011 the derby garnered $4,100, and since then we have raised close to $223,000. Each year requests for donations to salmon enhancement projects are reviewed and net proceeds from the fundraising derby are allocated to projects of merit. To enquiry about or apply for funding please go to our home page for a funding application or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org The SAA applies its Salmon Enhancement Expenditures Selection Policy in determining what is funded.
Salmon Enhancement Expenditures Selection Policy
The SAA wishes to achieve as much salmon, habitat and angling enhancement as our limited funds will allow and to achieve the greatest possible value from the funds we raise. We have an objective of enhancing salmon stocks that reside in or transit through SAA’s local area, providing local angling recreation, food fisheries for First Nations and benefits to the local and broader economies. Fortunately, with SAA’s particular geography, the protection of stocks of concern and local angling objectives tend to coincide.
We believe this is best achieved by focusing on value-added initiatives carried out through the volunteer efforts of our members and by supporting the volunteer efforts of associated organizations. These initiatives include:
Education related to these activities, and;
Developing awareness of issues and interest related to sport fishing.
Funding initiatives must be based on measurable objectives and the progress and/or results passed on to the SAA membership through a written report or presentation to the membership
The SAA Executive reviews all funding applications based on the project intent, past expenditures and results. The Executive's recommendations for current funding are reported to the SAA membership.
Where our funds have gone since 2011:
HERRING SPAWNING ENHANCEMENT PROJECT – TEST WRAPPING OF LOCAL PILINGS
Joint project with the SAA and the Cowichan Estuary Restoration and Conservation Assoc.
SEA CHANGE SOCIETY
Eelgrass and other habitat restoration work ongoing in Tod Inlet, Cowichan and other areas
Smolt-trapping and stock assessment/enhancement initiatives
Sediment sampling & Restoration projects
GOLDSTREAM VOLUNTEER SALMONID ENHANCEMENT ASSOCIATION, HOWARD ENGLISH HATCHERY
Hatchery and equipment upgrades and ongoing enhancement projects
COWICHAN LAKE SALMONID ENHANCEMENT SOCIETY – VOLUNTEER HATCHERY
Shaw Creek chinook enhancement
BREACHING THE COWICHAN DELTA CAUSEWAY
Cowichan Estuary Restoration and Conservation Association
DNA ANALYSIS PROGRAM
Sidney Anglers’ Association in partnership with British Columbia Wildlife Federation
MILL BAY AND DISTRICT CONSERVATION SOCIETY
Shawnigan Creek Coho
COWICHAN LAKE TRIBUTARIES CHINOOK ENHANCEMENT
PENINSULA STREAMS SOCIETY
SOOKE WATERSHED ENHANCEMENT
CRAIGFLOWER CREEK RESTORATION
NILE CREEK RESTORATION
NOOTKA SOUND WATERSHED SOCIETY