The SVIAC Board of Directors are both proud and pleased to announce we have now moved into the delivery phase of the Sooke River Chinook Revitalization Initiative (SRCRI). We have recently received approval in principal from DFO for SRCRI – Enhancement Component – Phase One, the out-planting of 200,000 Chinook smolts into temporary marine enclosures in the spring of 2017. Our smolt out-planting proposal has been approved in DFO by the Salmon Enhancement Program, the Stock Assessment Group and Fisheries and Aquaculture Management and has been included into the 2016/2017 draft salmon Integrated Fisheries Management Plan as part of the SEP production plan.
Additionally, SVIAC has recently learnt our application for grant funding from the Pacific Salmon Foundation to assist with the major equipment costs associated with the project has been approved. We are also in the process of purchasing the appropriate marine enclosure equipment in order to be ready for next spring. As the budget for year one of this phase is high, we really hope the angling community will help us raise funds for this excellent project. Watch for opportunities to support this initiative in the very near future!
Updates will be posted on the SRCRI page of this website.
Over the last 3 years SVIAC membership has more than tripled and we are thankful for all our members support! In order to better serve our growing membership we are moving over to online membership management software called Groupspaces.
This new membership system will make managing membership faster, simpler and more accurate. To purchase or renew a membership all one needs to do now is log onto the SVIAC secure Groupspaces website on this website (Click here!), create your own private membership account, then pay for your membership via PayPal as one did before with online memberships through our website.
To get your new membership card all you need to to do is bring in your PayPal receipt to Gizmo’s Computers located at 774 Bay St, Victoria (by the Wendy’s on Bay St and Blanshard) for the time being. We plan to have a number of additional corporate member retail locations around the Victoria area to pick up your new card in the next several months.
When you get your new card you will notice that it looks different. It will have a new photo on it (as seen above), but more importantly, we have changed the format. It is now a punch card, where the month and year of purchase is punched out on the card to indicate when the card expires. Using this new format makes it much faster than waiting to get cards printed with the member’s names and then mailing them out via snail mail. Now members can get their cards within hours, instead of weeks. We will still mail out cards to the few members who are unable to get their cards any other way.
Using Groupspaces online membership will allow us also to keep our membership information, especially contact information more accurately and up to date. This means we can better keep you informed via our quarterly newsletter and emails on SVIAC events, projects, and important fisheries related information.