Eight salmon conservation projects funded
Published March 31, 2017 – 6:22pm
Last Updated April 1, 2017 – 11:27am
Walter Regan, from the SRA, said they and other conservation groups rely on the grant funding they receive from the ASCF, a volunteer, non-profit, charitable organization.
“They’re a great supporter to allow our volunteers and those in other groups do the good work we’re able to do,” he said in an interview on Friday.
The $5,000 grant they received is being used for installing digger logs and handmade rock sills to improve the in-stream habitat in Stoney Brook, a tributary to the Little Sackville River.
Projects in many areas around the province range from salmon habitat restoration in the East River Watershed in Pictou County to invasive species research in the LaHave River Watershed.
In several areas of the province, conservation projects will help make fish passage improvements, restore and enhance habitat, as well as undertake scientific research.
Two projects at Dalhousie will be supported. One is a modelling study examining the life history of the species and the other a multi-year project to create mitigation plans for acid rain for 13 priority watersheds.
“ASCF is now known as the reliable, established source of funds that conservationists and researchers turn to each year for support,” said executive director Stephen Chase.
“So it is especially satisfying to see that our grants continue to help this greatest of fighting fish overcome the considerable challenges it faces. It’s great to be an ongoing part of the solution.”
ASCF has funded more than 400 projects since 2008, but Chase added the organization is only meeting about half of its demand.
Many projects are done in freshwater where they can better see the benefit, although they have funded projects with the Cobequid Salmon Association for the Stewiacke River and for the Clean Annapolis River Project on a dam removal on the Moose River.
There were no applications approved for the Bay of Fundy region this year.
“The only way we can fulfil demand is if we have more money invested in our fund and we’re looking at more ways to do that,” he said.