Southern Fund Announcement for projects beginning in 2019

The Southern Fund Committee (SFC) anticipates that up to approximately U.S. $2.7 million may be available for project funding in 2019. The Committee wishes to draw attention to the fact that in this 2019 Call for Proposals, consideration will be given first and foremost to those proposals that are directly responsive to the specific priorities emphasized in this Call. It is likely that only limited funding will be available for projects that address purposes outside these priorities and proponents of such projects are cautioned to carefully weigh their costs of proposal preparation against the stiff competition they will face.

The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018..

  1. Fraser River Panel Priorities
    • Additional Fraser Sockeye salmon juvenile monitoring.
    • Examination of mechanisms affecting early survival of Fraser River Sockeye salmon.
    • Improvement of species composition estimates in the Fraser River during sockeye salmon migration.
    • Examination of primary causal factor(s) causing large discrepancies between Mission and Qualark on the 2010 cycle line, using data collected for this specific purpose in 2018.
    • Further work to follow-up on the Test Fishery Workshop Report’s five recommendations.
    • Exploration of alternative methods for making pre-season forecasts of northern diversion rate for Fraser River sockeye and pink salmon.
    • Work to restore salmon habitat that would be of benefit to Fraser River sockeye populations (and possibly also other salmon species).
  2. Southern Panel Priorities
    • Determination of reference points and associated allowable exploitation rates for PST status categories for Canadian Coho Management Units (MUs).
    • Development and administration of an information system for improving efficiency in archiving and sharing reports, data, and models produced by the Coho Technical Committee.
    • Assessment of the performance of Coho FRAM to project pre-season exploitation rates and estimate post-season exploitation rates (e.g., sensitivity to or accuracy of mark rates, catch and escapement estimates, release mortalities, etc.).
    • Improvements in abundance forecasting and escapement estimation for Coho Management Units (MUs), including better understanding of the impacts of environmental variability and uncertainty.
    • Improved data collection and sampling — including coded-wire tagging (CWT), parental-based tagging (PBT), and genetic stock identification (GSI) programs — for Coho MUs and component populations, to address issues identified in PSC Technical Report 25.
    • Improvements to the cost efficiency and effectiveness of Coho stock and fishery assessment and information reporting programs.
    • Chum salmon run reconstruction model and biological database. (ChumGEM Model – Chum salmon Genetic and Environmental management Model)
    • Genetic stock identification (GSI) sampling of Chum salmon in commercial and test fisheries.
    • Establish a Chum salmon assessment program in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
    • Southern BC and Washington Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) baseline implementation.
    • Improve Chum Salmon Escapement Assessments
  3. Other

Southern Fund Forms:

(Concepts must be submitted using this form)


Questions should be directed to the Fund Manager, Angus Mackay or the Fund Assistant, Victor Keong via phone at (604) 684-8081, or email: or , or fax: (604) 666-8707.

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