January Newsletter 2016January 7, 2016
We are excited to start the 2016 as our tenth year of operation as a wild Atlantic salmon conservation organization and our ninth year of providing conservation project funding. It’s rewarding to witness how we are growing in many ways as a salmon conservation support entity.
First, we have received a record number of project funding proposals. These proposals will result in a record demand for project funding, but they also represent the prospect of a record increase in opportunities for improving salmon conservation outcomes. And, this year, we will be granting a record amount of funding, at approximately $1.1 million! These and other initiatives we have in the works mean that 2016 will be a year where we again set new performance records in support of community groups working to save wild Atlantic salmon.
This month our celebrated volunteer is Shane O’Neil, a longstanding pillar of the science team at DFO’s Bedford Institute of Oceanography. Shane has been a dedicated researcher in pursuit of improving wild Atlantic salmon survival. Not only is he an original member of our Nova Scotia Advisory Committee, but he’d always been ready to attend NGO meetings to help with good advice.
We are also recognizing the Indian Bay Ecosystem Corporation, one of our solid Newfoundland conservation partners. IBEC has been working at improving access to quality salmon habitat by removing in-stream structures and promoting improved habitat within the Indian Bay Watershed Management Area. It’s a great program and we are happy to provide funding support.
All in all, 2016 is promising to be a great year. We wish you every success.
Yours in conservation,