Brewery antes up $20,000 for salmon projects

The Pacific Western Brewing (PWB) Community Foundation has established a $20,000 fund to support grassroots salmon enhancement in BC.

The Pacific Western Brewing (PWB) Community Foundation has established a $20,000 fund to support grassroots salmon enhancement initiatives in British Columbia.

Brewery owner Kazuko Komatsu said: “When our representatives visit communities on the Coast and along the Fraser and Skeena rivers they hear a common theme of concern about the pressing need to replenish our precious wild salmon stocks.

“Hundreds of tireless volunteers are working hard in BC communities to rebuild salmon stocks and rehabilitate streams. PWB wants to help.

“Pacific Western Brewing is a proud home-grown brewery, a proud job creator and an equally proud community builder.”

The announcement of the fund came at a special event in Port Alberni in conjunction with that community’s annual salmon derby.

In the weeks and months ahead the PWB team will be visiting other communities to engage with local salmon enhancement stakeholders.

The PWB Community Foundation will be seeking and adjudicating requests for support later this fall.

West Coast Aquatic director, co-chair of the Nahmint Enhancement Team and Alberni Valley Enhancement Association member Bob Cole said: “I applaud Pacific Western Brewing’s initiative.

“On behalf of all the volunteers who work hard saving and enhancing our West Coast salmon resource – stream keepers, hatchery volunteers, committee members and advocates – when a responsible corporation like Pacific Western Brewing helps with the most pressing challenge of funding, it makes our efforts worthwhile.”