Reduced Stewardship Funding

Reduced Stewardship Funding

Lack of stable funding to support valuable stewardship initiatives that provide cost effective and efficient results.

  1. Provide the requisite funding and staff resources that reflect the importance of wild salmon to our society, environment and economy including continuing the Fraser Salmon & Watersheds and Living Rivers programs.

A lack of financial and human resources is a perennial issue identified by stewards. The situation has only gotten worse even though, prior to the recession, there was significant economic growth. It is important for Government to look at this as an investment and opportunity to leverage other grant $ and volunteerism. The Fraser Salmon Watershed Program evaluation report found that groups leveraged, on average, 1.6 times more value. This program is seen as critical to maintaining positive momentum.

http://www.fish.bc.ca/node/151

http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/att__e_39880.html

http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/pet_127_e_28854.html

http://www.bcauditor.com/pubs/2004/report5/sustaining-wild-salmon-stocks-aquaculture

Water and public attitudes – http://www.rbc.com/community-sustainability/environment/rbc-blue-water/water-attitude-study.html . http://www.rbc.com/newsroom/2009/0317-waterstudy.html

http://www.watershed-watch.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/BCWaterPollingSummary-Nov2010.pdf)