You'd think the title 'Salmon conservation stamp', would mean the full $6 cost of the stamps would actually go to into salmon enhancement.
In fact, only $1 goes to salmon enhancement but that will soon change - and conservationists are excited about what it means salmon habitat protection.
The 2013 federal budget contained wording to direct every dollar of the $6 stamps to salmon habitat restoration.
In Nanaimo, it will help fund such projects as stream improvements to protect salmonid species that spawn in Halsam Creek and Departure Bay Creek.
Conservationists have praise for Nanaimo-Alberni MP James Lunney, who played a major part in getting money collected on the stamps diverted for that purpose, not general tax revenues.
"He was instrumental," said Michael J. Meneer, Pacific Salmon Foundation vice-president of marketing.
"Dr. Lunney's been pretty supportive of us for a number of years."
The MP regularly attends PSF dinners, and "he wrote letters to the ministry of fisheries in support of our proposal." The change will take some of the pressure off community salmon enhancement groups that have to do a lot of fundraising, which frees up resources to do the important work of creek bed enhancement and restoration.
"It means the Pacific Salmon Foundation can do a lot more," said Wayne Harling, of the Nanaimo Fish and Game Club.
For about 15 years, Harling sat on the committee that reviews salmon enhancement project applications, and twice a year makes its recommendations for which proposal should go ahead.
Such projects drew considerable funding from community contributions, and now, with a much larger funding pie, more work can get done.
"They used to give us about $400,000 maximum. Now they'll have a lot more," Harling said.
The first of that new money will start to flow in October. October 1 is the deadline for community groups to submit applications for new projects, Meneer said.
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