November 2014 Newsletter

November 4, 2014

Earlier this month in presenting the work of the Foundation to two large and influential salmon organizations I informed them that The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation has set a goal for itself as evolving into the “Go to” support and information source for wild Atlantic salmon conservation. This is a lofty goal, but it’s also one that’s been missing in the world-wide quest to save this precious fish species.

ASCF has now been in business 8 years. As we embark on our 9th year in 2015 it’s clear that we have helped our partner organizations improve conservation of salmon and salmon habitat. That’s happened through wise contributions to those groups via our annual grant process. We have now accumulated a considerable body of project and performance knowledge that’s available for sharing via our website. That’s step A.

Step B in sharing expertise was to launch our salmon conservation webinar series in partnership with the Canadian Rivers Institute. Now in its 3rd year, we have attracted hundreds of participants, nationally and internationally.

Step C is our monthly newsletter, which also reaches hundreds of readers, plus our daily updated Facebook page that’s recently jumped to over 1100 “likes”.

Step D will be unveiled in 2015 with our web-based information hub as a searchable salmon conservation database. Its goal is to become a comprehensive source of salmon conservation information, technical support and advice, through bringing together world-wide sources and making them available to anyone pursuing salmon conservation. We want this initiative to be a major step forward in assisting groups working to conserve and restore salmon and salmon habitat.

REMINDER: It’s now the 11th hour in your plans to submit a funding for the 2015 round of conservation project funding that closes on 19 December. Keep in mind that our new funding total is $1 million and the maximum grant has been raised to $100,000. We also fund larger, longer term, projects via multi-year funding (up to 3 years). Above all, we are looking for quality projects that actually, and clearly, enhance conservation. Good luck!.

Yours in conservation,

Stephen Chase,

Executive Director