September 8, 2022

Native Trout Stewardship Initiative: Call For Proposals For 2023

Community Grants Program

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC is pleased to announce Year Five of its funding initiative that provides resources to organizations and groups seeking to get involved in native trout conservation activities at the local level. These activities are expected to be collaborative and involve partnerships with community, stewardship and angling groups. 

Eligible Activities

• Native trout population assessments and monitoring
• Riparian and instream habitat protection and restoration, including barrier removal and flow recovery (on-the-ground or planning activities are eligible)
• Community outreach and education
• Seed funding to support development of large conservation initiatives for native trout

Our current focus is on coastal cutthroat trout, particularly those associated with developed areas of east coast Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland, but other native trout species and locations will also be considered depending on fund availability.

2023-2024 Funding Year Application Process

The Society will accept proposals until 4:00 pm on Saturday, December 31, 2022.  Please review the Funding Application Requirements, and submit the proposal using the Application Form. Applicants will be informed of funding by February 15, 2023.

Background: Native Trout at Risk in B.C.

Native trout across the Pacific Northwest are in decline in many areas for two key reasons: habitat loss/degradation, and introduction of non-native species. British Columbia is no exception. While many streams, rivers, and lakes still support robust wild populations of trout, char, and kokanee, some have suffered significant declines and losses – particularly in and around developed urban centres and areas of concentrated resource extraction. Already, two trout species native to B.C. (bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout) have been assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) as being at some risk of extinction, and the coastal cutthroat trout has been identified as a high-priority fish for future risk assessment.

Coastal cutthroat trout caught under the Bay Street Bridge in Victoria. 

Our Vision

Wild trout support fantastic angling opportunities, but it is critical that vulnerable populations of these species receive adequate attention in terms of resourcing for protection and restoration. The Society believes that stewardship must extend beyond traditional government delivery; it is hoped that access to funds like the Native Trout Stewardship Initiative (NTSI) grants program will help groups become more active participants in this stewardship role.

Recognizing the tremendous contributions that these organizations make, the NTSI is designed to provide grants to support stewardship and angling groups in their efforts to protect and restore wild freshwater fish, the habitats they live in, and the fisheries they provide. Some of the projects funded in 2018 and 2019 are highlighted in our blog series. 

Creating rearing habitat for cutthroat trout in Colquitz River. 

For all information regarding this initiative and proposal applications, please contact:

Sue Pollard
Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC
101 Regatta Landing
Victoria, B.C.
Phone: 1-250-888-2230

Author: Sue Pollard, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.
Images: Peninsula Streams Society.