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Mossom nets $75,000 matching grant for fish hatchery

Mossom Creek Hatchery fundraising is achieving some milestones, but more cash is needed to rebuild the Port Moody hatchery. - SUBMITTED
Mossom Creek Hatchery fundraising is achieving some milestones, but more cash is needed to rebuild the Port Moody hatchery.
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Progress on fundraising to rebuild the Mossom Creek Hatchery after a devastating fire last December is being made with $12,000 donated by the community and businesses to match a $75,000 grant offer from Imperial Oil.

“This one-time matching fund opportunity of $75,000, generously provided by Imperial, will greatly enhance our efforts to complete phase one of the rebuild plan,” said Ruth Foster, founder and director of the Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society, which operates the Port Moody hatchery.

Tom Huffaker, president of the Imperial Foundation, said the matching grant offer represents the company's commitment to communities in which it operates. “The Mossom Creek Hatchery has a history of important work in the region and we look forward to seeing it fully operational again after the rebuilding is complete,” he said in a press release.

Mossom has until Sept. 15 to match the grant offer.

Tax-deductible donations can be made online at www.mossomcreek.org or by sending a cheque to Mossom Creek Hatchery, 300 Ioco Rd., Port Moody, B.C. V3H 2V7. Please make cheques payable to “Port Moody Foundation” with “Mossom Creek Hatchery” in the memo line.

Last month, hatchery volunteers held a ceremonial ground-breaking for the project.

dstrandberg@tricitynews.com

 

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