The Pacific Salmon Conservation Stamp is a little idea that keeps on giving to conservation.
It was featured last year in a series on Things that Work, and stamp revenue in 2010 brought in about half of the $700,000 in grants made by the Pacific Salmon Foundation. The money was awarded to community groups to support enhancement projects throughout British Columbia.
Each year the Pacific Salmon Foundation gives a $10,000 prize for a work of art that is then depicted on a stamp attached to federal fishing licences. Anglers pay $6.30 for the stamp annually, and DFO returns about $1.12 for each stamp sold to the PSF, which in turn uses the money to benefit salmon.
The contest has grown in importance over the years and now attracts submissions from some of the finest wildlife artists in the country. This year's winner, announced in November, is Ontario artist Curtis Atwater, whose painting, A Moment of Action - Chinook Salmon, will adorn the licences of hundreds of thousands of anglers in 2011.
Mr. Atwater says he found inspiration for his work in his fishing trips across Canada.
Brian Riddell, president of the Pacific Salmon Foundation, says that since 1991 about $5.8-million of stamp revenue has been awarded to more than 1,000 community projects that are helping restore habitat and revitalize salmon runs around the province.