Save The Salmonids in the Classroom Program for Schools Across BC!
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Despite over 30 years of success in revitalizing depleted salmon stocks through the Salmonid Enhancement Program, the federal government's Department of Fisheries has decided to discontinue this program and reallocate funds elsewhere. Among other things accomplished by this program, the Salmonids in the Classroom program engages young people in preservation roles by providing schools across the province with salmon eggs that students raise into juvenile salmon before releasing them in local streams. The Department of Fisheries has decided to cut this funding and shift it towards legislative and regulatory policy making instead. Though these acts of environmental protection are also crucial safeguards for protecting our environment, the value of the Salmonids in the Classroom program is too great to lose and needs to be invested in. Our children derive great benefit from learning the role they personally play in ecosystem balance and the investment of providing them this experience benefits society as a whole with informed citizens leading us forward.
Please sign this petition to urge our government to keep the SEP program so that future generations can enjoy the gift of environmental stewardship!
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