The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) and Trans Mountain announced measures that will be introduced by the pipeline company in the protection of wild Pacific salmon. Trans Mountain has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with PSF for multi year salmon programmes, including a third party assessment by PSF of Trans Mountain’s construction across sensitive salmon-bearing water courses in British Columbia (B.C.). The agreement provides CAN$2.5 million in funding to support grants to community groups for salmon conservation, coastal research and post-secondary education bursary programme and up to CAN$500 000 for the third party construction assessment.
“This investment to protect wild Pacific salmon is a key pillar of our commitment to construct our project responsibly and leave meaningful long-term legacies for B.C.,” said Ian Anderson, President of Kinder Morgan Canada. “I respect and value PSF’s independence and science-based perspective and we are proud to build on our past support for Pacific salmon and other important regional programmes that advance research and conservation of B.C.’s unique freshwater and coastal ecosystems.”
The PSF has participated in Trans Mountain’s public consultation process dating back to 2014 and consistently identified wild Pacific salmon as an essential cultural and ecological component of B.C. and a highly valued economic asset.
“We are an independent, science-based organisation that has a single focus on conserving and restoring wild Pacific salmon and their habitats,” said Dr. Brian Riddell, President and CEO of PSF. “Our work will focus on pre and post-construction assessments of wild Pacific salmon habitats and potential risks to wild Pacific salmon.”
PSF has conducted similar types of monitoring in the past with other industrial and government partners, including assessments of habitat reclamation measures implemented in conjunction with the Port Mann Bridge expansion.
“Our government is committed to the long-term sustainability of wild Pacific salmon, which are a vital part of Canada’s environment, culture and economy,” said the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. “We are pleased to see this voluntary arrangement between industry and conservation.”
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