B.C. Salmon Farmers Association calling for research proposals

More than 30 researchers have received almost $500K to date

The BC Salmon Farmers Association Marine Environmental Research Program is now accepting proposals for 2017 for projects that will provide a better understanding of the marine environment and B.C.’s wild marine species, particularly wild salmon stocks.

The association created the program in December 2014, committing $1.5-million over five years (2015 – 2020) to fund research through a competitive process that is managed by a third-party Science Advisory Council.

The council is comprised of members from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Island University, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Salmon Foundation, as well as industry experts.

To date, $470,000 has been committed to funding research for seven projects, with over 30 researchers from 10 organizations.

Last years funded projects included using acoustic tagging to study juvenile salmon, studying whether or not perch could be used to clean sea lice infected Atlantic salmon and optimizing of fish health reporting and data management systems, among others.

Applicants have to submit a proposal and a budget schedule as well as a cover letter.

More information can be found online on the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association website.