BC’s Family Fishing Weekend Starts Today!

BC’s Family Fishing Weekend Starts Today!
Today marks the start of the 15 th annual Family Fishing Weekend. In addition to community events taking place throughout the province, BC residents are able to fish the province’s fresh and tidal waters licence-free from June 13-15 th . Hosted by The Family Fishing Society of BC and local groups of volunteers, Family Fishing Weekend events feature how-to sessions for beginners that include information on equipment, casting, identifying local fish species and conservation. Loner rods, reels and tackle are provided for those who do not have their own gear. “These events offer a great opportunity to learn about how to fish in a fun and supported environment,” Wayne Saito, President, Family Fishing Society of BC. “The hundreds of volunteers who organize and participate in these events are passionate about fishing and even more passionate about sharing their love of the sport. They are keen to share what makes fishing such a great pastime.” HCTF has been a long-time supporter of Family Fishing Weekend, providing over $380,000 since 2001. Since then, the program has grown from half a dozen events to nearly fifty across the province, with last year’s festivities attracting a record 17,000 participants. A complete list of event...
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HCTF Announces Funding for Restoration Projects on Burrard Inlet

HCTF Announces Funding for Restoration Projects on Burrard Inlet
HCTF has announced it will provide over $200,000 in funding this year for estuary restoration projects on Burrard Inlet. Two North Vancouver sites and another in Stanley Park will be rehabilitated from their current industrialized states back into functional habitats that support many types of native fish and wildlife. Estuaries, areas where rivers and streams meet the sea, make up only a small percentage of BC’s vast coastline, yet over 80% of coastal wildlife are dependent on them for some portion of their lifecycle. They are critical for anadromous fish as they make the adaptation from fresh to salt water. Estuaries are also gaining recognition for their incredible capacity to store carbon, at rates up to ninety times the uptake of equivalent areas of forest. Unfortunately, these habitats are among the most threatened ecosystems on the planet: in highly industrialized waterways such as Burrard Inlet, they have all but disappeared. HCTF’s Burrard Inlet Restoration Pilot Program is focussed on recreating at least some of Vancouver’s lost estuaries, using money from a creative sentencing award . This initiative has received a phenomenal response from local governments, corporations, First Nations, and educational institutions, who have come together to support these projects both...
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Featured Photo - Narraway Ram

Featured Photo - Narraway Ram
As promised in our  spring newsletter , we’re sharing some of our favourite HCTF project photos submitted by our grant recipients. Here’s a great action shot of a Narraway bighorn ram being released after collaring in the mountains near Tumbler Ridge, BC. The GPS collar will provide researchers with updates about the ram’s location every six hours. This information (combined with location data from other collared herd members) will allow the project team to map the sheep’s annual and seasonal ranges. The Narraway herd has the northernmost range of bighorn sheep in North America, and its small population size makes it vulnerable to local extinction. Gaining a better understanding of the sheep’s movements and habitat use will help in making informed management decisions that ensure the herd’s survival.  

Burrard Program Featured by Georgia Strait Alliance

Burrard Program Featured by Georgia Strait Alliance
HCTF’s Burrard Inlet Restoration Pilot Program (BIRPP) was recently featured in a blog post by Sebastian Merz of the Georgia Strait Alliance about salmon & shipyards as neighbours. The article recounts the author’s visit to MacKay Creek , a pocket estuary on Burrard Inlet that was restored with funding from the BIRPP program. Last September, a large concrete weir was removed from the site, allowing fish to access the upper estuary and creek during low tide. Less than two months later, chum salmon were spotted making their way up the creek to spawn. “It’s encouraging to see two good news stories unfold in such close proximity,” says Merz, “The major shipbuilding work on the one hand that will bring jobs and economic opportunities to the community, and the return of the salmon on the other, literally a few meters away.” In the next few weeks, HCTF will be announcing the final round of grant recipients under the Burrard Inlet Restoration Pilot Program – check back here for details, or subscribe to our blog to receive updates as they are posted.  

New! HCTF Newsletter

New! HCTF Newsletter
HCTF has just launched a new newsletter to keep HCTF grant recipients, partners and supporters informed about Foundation projects and news. We'll be sending out newsletters quarterly (or when we have something really important to share). The spring edition is available here . If you would like to sign up to receive future newsletters, please use this form .