British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF)
Fish Passage Restoration Initiative
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is pleased to announce financial support from the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF) to support our Fish Passage Restoration Initiative in British Columbia.
BCSRIF is a five-year contribution program funded jointly by the federal and provincial government to support B.C.’s fish and seafood sector, and to ensure the sustainability of wild Pacific salmon and other B.C. fish stocks.
There are more than 172,000 road crossings over fish-bearing streams in B.C., with an estimated 92,000 of these crossings being either partially or fully impassable to fish. CWF is working with the province of British Columbia’s Fish Passage Technical Working Group (FPTWG), Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF), and the Pacific Streamkeepers Federation (PSkF) to develop a B.C. Fish Passage Restoration Initiative to remediate these crossings and other barriers to fish movement in a strategic way that provides the most benefit to salmon and federally listed fish species at risk.
The B.C. Fish Passage Restoration Initiative builds on processes developed by the FPTWG to engage new partners and funders, adapt and expand provincial prioritization tools, and remediate additional barriers that FPTWG or DFO would not otherwise be able to address with their existing funds and mandates. The conservation plans and expanded prioritization tools generated through this initiative will continue to inform future efforts to remediate barriers, supporting benefits to fish populations beyond their lifespan.