Announced this week by Canada’s Fisheries Minister, Joyce Murray, the investment is being made in a series of projects that include activities to increase the economic viability of kelp farming, while improving marine habitat for salmon; and efforts to assess and eradicate aquatic invasive species.
The A-Tlegay Fisheries Society is currently constructing four kelp permaculture sites located in Johnstone Strait and the Northern Strait of Georgia to improve the quality of important marine habitat for salmon and to determine the commercial potential of permaculture of kelp in the area.
BCSRIF funding is open to Indigenous communities, industry associations, environmental NGOs, commercial enterprises and academic institutions. Investments under this program will help restore salmon habitat, benefit commercial and recreational fishing and aquaculture, and science and research initiatives.
“Since its launch in 2019, the BCSRIF program has supported effective projects that make a real contribution to aquatic conservation. By investing in innovation, we are helping to ensure that future generations benefit from healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems, and the fish and seafood sector they support,” Murray said in a press release. .
“Marine species such as kelp, oysters and wild salmon contribute greatly to the rich diversity of ocean habitats in British Columbia. These 14 projects are helping to restore and revitalize marine ecosystems so they can in turn continue to support British Columbia’s food security and provide good jobs that support people and families on the coast and the interior of British Columbia,” added Josie Osborne, Minister of Lands, Water and British Columbia. Resource stewardship.