PSF president and CEO Mike Meneer with Tim Clermont, executive director of the Guardians of Mid Island Estuaries Society, at the completed stretch of fencing protecting sensitive salmon habitat from non-native geese, Campbell River estuary. (Submitted Photo)

PSF president and CEO Mike Meneer with Tim Clermont, executive director of the Guardians of Mid Island Estuaries Society, at the completed stretch of fencing protecting sensitive salmon habitat from non-native geese, Campbell River estuary. (Submitted Photo)

$24,000 granted to Parksville Qualicum Beach projects via Pacific Salmon Foundation

Local groups thankful for support

Four Parksville Qualicum Beach projects received grants from the Pacific Salmon Foundation, totalling $24,665.

The projects with a total value of $137,359 are initiated by The Guardians of Mid Island Estuaries Society, Eco-Cultural Estuary Restoration; Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society, Stream Crossing Yellow Fish Signs for the Englishman Watershed; Parksville Fish & Game Association, Marion Baker Hatchery Water Quality Improvement; and Nile Creek Enhancement Society, Hatchery Upgrades. They are focused on habitat rehabilitation, education, outreach and stock enhancement in the Oceanside area.

“Eco-cultural restoration of sedge marsh habitat was initially developed in partnership with the K’omoks and Wei Wai Kum First Nations. We have now transitioned to building habitat exclosures that resemble Indigenous fish weirs for a modern purpose, to protect and enhance salmon habitat,” said Tim Clermont, executive director with the Guardians of Mid Island Estuaries Society.

READ MORE: RDN target grans for major projects in Nanoose Bay, French Creek and Whiskey Creek

The volunteer-based group conducted research in 2010 on the Little Qualicum and Englishman River estuaries to build fenced exclosures to stop locally over-abundant Canada Goose herbivory and degradation of Carex sedge marsh habitat, which is critical for salmon juveniles and a sign of a healthy productive estuary.

Clermont said they’re thankful to Pacific Salmon Foundation, the City of Parksville, Sna-Naw-As First Nation, and the Regional District of Nanaimo for their support as they have managed the local goose population and restored over 5,000m2 of prime sedge marsh habitat at the Oceanside estuaries.

Jack Gillen, president of Nile Creek Enhancement Society also expressed thanks to the PSF funds that allowed them to develop its hatchery and replace collapsing culverts.

“This year the PSF grant will upgrade our six tanks and provide a water delivery upgrade to the tanks, giving better distribution and less silt,” said Gillen. “Without the generous help from Pacific Salmon Foundation it would be a struggle to complete these projects.”

PSF’s Community Salmon Program is funded primarily from sales of the federal government’s Salmon Conservation Stamp. The Salmon Stamp is purchased annually by saltwater anglers who participate in the public fishery. Proceeds from the $6 stamp are returned to British Columbia through PSF, generating nearly $1.5 million for community grants annually.

The Oceanside community is also a strong financial contributor through the annual PSF Oceanside Dinner and Auction. Though postponed for now, the local organizing committee are hopeful that the event will be able to return soon.

— NEWS Staff

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

Charity and DonationsParksvillequalicum beach

Just Posted

Parksville Coun. Doug O’Brien. (PQB News file photo)
Parksville Coun. Doug O’Brien explains opposition to 4-way stop at high-traffic intersection

‘None of us on council have the education or training to recommend traffic control systems’

The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre at 100 Jensen Ave. Chesapeake Shores film crew will be on location from May 17 until May 19, 2021. (PQB News file photo)
‘Chesapeake Shores’ to film at Parksville Civic and Technology Centre starting May 17

Public parking limited on Jensen Avenue and Craig Street during filming

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue manager Ken Neden, as he goes over the events of the Qualicum Falls river rescue on Dec. 12, 2020, for a United Kingdom television program “Unbelievable Moments Caught on Camera’. (Mandy Moraes photo)
UK TV show spreading news of daring Qualicum Falls river rescue across the world

Arrowsmith SAR trio share their accounts for ‘Unbelievable Moments Caught on Camera’

(PQB News file photo)
Nearly 1,500 ballots cast during advance voting to fill vacant slot on Qualicum Beach council

Officials expect ‘historic high voter turnout’ to continue

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

Sinikka Gay Elliott was reported missing on Salt Spring Island on Wednesday, May 12. (Courtesty Salt Spring RCMP)
MISSING: Salt Spring RCMP find woman’s car, still seek Island resident

Sinikka Gay Elliott is 5’3” with a slim build and dark brown short hair

A Saanich man received almost 10 years in Supreme Court in Courtenay for a shooting incident from 2018. Record file photo
Shooting incident on Island nets almost 10-year sentence

Saanich man was arrested without incident north of Courtenay in 2018

Bradley Priestap in an undated photo provided to the media some time in 2012 by the London Police Service.
Serial sex-offender acquitted of duct tape possession in B.C. provincial court

Ontario sex offender on long-term supervision order was found with one of many ‘rape kit’ items

Rich Coleman, who was responsible for the gaming file off and on from 2001 to 2013, was recalled after his initial testimony to the Cullen Commission last month. (Screenshot)
Coleman questioned over $460K transaction at River Rock during B.C. casinos inquiry

The longtime former Langley MLA was asked about 2011 interview on BC Almanac program

Steven Shearer, <em>Untitled. </em>(Dennis Ha/Courtesy of Steven Shearer)
Vancouver photographer’s billboards taken down after complaints about being ‘disturbing’

‘Context is everything’ when it comes to understanding these images, says visual art professor Catherine Heard

Trina Hunt's remains were found in the Hope area on March 29. Her family is asking the public to think back to the weekend prior to when she went missing. (Photo courtesy of IHIT.)
Cousin of missing woman found in Hope says she won’t have closure until death is solved

Trina Hunt’s family urges Hope residents to check dashcam, photos to help find her killer

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Restrictions will lift once 75% of Canadians get 1 shot and 20% are fully immunized, feds say

Federal health officials are laying out their vision of what life could look like after most Canadians are vaccinated against COVID-19

Most Read