April Newsletter 2018April 3, 2018
Earlier last month, our Board of Directors met to review the several project funding recommendations provided by our six expert advisory committees. April is a busy time of year for our staff and the Board of Directors. This year we received nearly 100 proposals all of which were carefully reviewed by our expert advisory committee. As you know, the ASCF follows a collegial, yet rigorous, proposal assessment and scoring method to prepare conservation project grant recommendations. The process that works very well and resulted in the Board approving 66 great new projects for 2018.
The new 2018 projects and the renewed multi-year projects portend another exceptional year for our Foundation. It’s our 11th year of operation and we are very proud to be helping our recipient groups to roll-out more, very solid conservation projects. A full list of 2018 grants is now available on our website: www.ascf-fcsa.ca
For April, we are profiling Pat Wall. Pat is a transplanted Newfoundlander who brought his love of wild Atlantic salmon and built a professional career in Nova Scotia. He is currently President of Wild Salmon Unlimited and one of the newest members of our Nova Scotia Advisory Committee. We are delighted that Pat is willing to lend his expertise to helping guide our conservation project funding to worthy projects in Nova Scotia.
This month we are highlighting the work of Samuel Andrews, a PhD student with the Canadian Rivers Institute at UNB. Samuel is preparing a scientific literature review describing the feeding behaviour and prey preferences of Striped Bass during its spawning period, with emphasis on salmonids. The feeding behavior of striped bass is, of course, a current and controversial concern among salmon conservationists. We very much look forward to receiving this literature review.
Yours in conservation,