The Comox Valley has received $46,892 to help protect salmon in the Comox Valley.

Courtenay-Comox MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard made the funding announcement yesterday.

The Comox Valley Project Watershed Society, the K’ómoks First Nation, North Island College and other partners will use the funding to apply for and test tools that will identify, map and quantify important fish populations and their habitats.

This work will contribute to the conservation of important food sources for Pacific salmon, including Chinook and Coho.

MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard represented the Minister of Agriculture today at a joint federal-provincial announcement in Langford yesterday.

“Our community has been calling for this important conservation work to happen, and I was happy to be part of making recommendations to the government. By funding this project we are taking key steps towards understanding the behaviour of our wild salmon so that we can better protect this iconic species,” said Leonard.

The funding also aligns with key recommendations from the Wild Salmon Advisory Council’s report, released in March 2019, which called on the government to focus on near-term actions that could address the immediate needs of wild salmon and their habitats.

To learn more about the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund click here.