Pacific NorthWest LNG Commits Funding to Oldfield Creek Fish Hatchery
May 17, 2017
Prince Rupert, BC – Pacific NorthWest LNG, as part of its ongoing commitment to community investment in northwest British Columbia, has provided $75,000 in funding to Prince Rupert Salmonid Enhancement Society (PRSES) to support the important activities at the Oldfield Creek Fish Hatchery.
“Pacific NorthWest LNG appreciates the historic, economic and cultural importance of salmon for all those who reside in northwest British Columbia,” said Tessa Gill, Vice-President of External Affairs. “The vital work in sustainability and education conducted by the Prince Rupert Salmonid Enhancement Society represents a significant community benefit, something that we are proud to support.”
Mike McDowall of the Prince Rupert Salmonid Enhancement Society believes this major contribution will help the hatchery in two important ways. “First, it will help with the day to day operations of the hatchery with the purchase of an operations vehicle. Whether moving fish, people, equipment, or material, a truck is a must for a hatchery” said McDowall. “Secondly, this contribution will help Oldfield Creek Hatchery of the future with funding for engineering plans for a major rebuild of our outside rearing area. Our efforts to raise salmon over the winter are hampered continually as our rearing area is exposed to below-zero temperatures, is open to predators, and has equipment is well over 30 years old.”
The Oldfield Creek Fish Hatchery has the capacity to raise over 660,000 eggs from multiple species. Each year, the hatchery raises an average of 20,000 chum, 50,000 chinook and 75,000 coho salmon from six local streams. Additionally, the PRSES participates in habitat monitoring, riparian enhancement along local streams and partners with local educational institutions to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of salmon and salmon habitat.
“The Oldfield Creek Fish Hatchery is the hub of the salmon community in the Prince Rupert region and the Pacific Salmon Foundation has been proud to be a contributor to the good work of its volunteers throughout the last decade,” said Dr. Brian Riddell, President and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation. “The volunteers work tirelessly to raise funds locally, so we are pleased to see this demonstration of private-sector support for Pacific salmon enhancement by Pacific Northwest LNG, particularly given the major natural resource project they are proposing in the region.”
– 30 –
Senior Advisor, Corporate Affairs
About Pacific NorthWest LNG
Pacific NorthWest LNG, a proposed liquefied natural gas export facility on Lelu Island in the District of Port Edward, has and continues to invest financial, volunteer and in-kind resources to communities, charities and organizations in northwest British Columbia that make a difference every day for people and the environment.
Pacific NorthWest LNG is planning to build a world-scale LNG export facility on Lelu Island in the District of Port Edward, British Columbia. The proposed facility will comprise an initial development of two LNG trains of approximately 6 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) each, and a subsequent development of a third train of approximately 6 MTPA. The proposed facility would liquefy and export natural gas produced by Progress Energy Canada in northeastern British Columbia. Pacific NorthWest LNG is committed to generating new economic and social benefits for the local community and First Nations, British Columbia and Canada in an environmentally safe and sustainable manner. Pacific NorthWest LNG is majority-owned by PETRONAS. JAPEX, Sinopec/Huadian, Indian Oil Corporation and PetroleumBRUNEI are also partners in Pacific NorthWest LNG and its associated natural gas supply.