Salmon Foundation dinner Jan. 21

Fundraiser to collect funds for salmon enhancement projects

Conservationists and anglers will gather for a fund raising dinner, dance and auction on Sat., Jan. 21 to support Pacific salmon conservation, enhancement, education and habitat restoration activities in area watersheds.

Tickets are still available, and money raised will be used by the Pacific Salmon Foundation to fund projects in the local area.

“Our local streamkeeping volunteers do an extraordinary job of ensuring a sustainable future for the streams and rivers that Pacific salmon depend on for survival,” said Al Ehrenberg, who is the volunteer chairman of the mid-Island dinner and owner of the Gone Fishin’ tackle and hunting stores in Nanaimo and Port Alberni. “The volunteers are also tremendously resourceful, stretching every dollar raised through the dinner to ensure maximum impact.”

Last year, three local projects shared more than $20,000 in Pacific Salmon Foundation grants. The French Creek Conservation Society received $10,000 to work with a private landowner to restore seven kilometres of degraded fish habitat. The Mid-Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society received $8,000 to assess improvements to the Englishman River watershed and to set future conservation priorities. The group also received an additional grant to improve Pacific salmon habitat in Centre Creek.

This is the 11th annual Pacific Salmon Foundation dinner in Qualicum Beach.

The dinner will kick off with a seafood reception and silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and an exciting live auction. The auctions and raffles will include giftware, artwork and jewelry contributed by local supporters and donors.  The dinner will wrap up with dancing and music by Patrick Nicholson. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased at Gone Fishin’ in Nanaimo at 600-2980 North Island Highway, or by phoning 250-752-1083 or emailing gonfial@telus.net.

The Pacific Salmon Foundation was created in 1987 as an independent, non-governmental, charitable organization to protect, conserve and rebuild wild Pacific salmon populations in British Columbia and the Yukon. Since 1989, the foundation has invested more than $9 million to support volunteer-driven Pacific salmon conservation projects. — Submitted