Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

August 30, 2013 14:11 ET

Community Stream Steward Program Receives Federal Funding

Recreational fisheries benefit from new conservation program

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 30, 2013) - The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Community Stream Steward Program (CSSP), a multi-partner conservation and stewardship initiative, is pleased to receive $30,100 in funding from the newly established Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program. The program was launched in June by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans and will provide $10 million over two years to help local groups fund conservation projects that support the protection, restoration and rebuilding of recreational fishing habitat.

"Fishing is enjoyed by more than two million residents and visitors to Ontario. The province's 250,000 lakes and innumerable rivers and streams offer unbeatable fishing opportunities, and the variety of species available is second to none," said OFAH Executive Director Angelo Lombardo. "Fishing in Canada is big business and contributes over $8 billion annually to the national economy. This funding will help ensure the protection of fish and fish habitat and provide enhanced fishing opportunities for present and future generations through the protection and restoration of Ontario's recreational fishery."

The funding will help complete projects focused on coldwater streams with known trout and salmon populations and will include mitigating barriers to fish passage; plantings and habitat enhancements; bank stabilizations; and debris and log jam removal. Funds from the grant will also enable CSSP to hire a technician to assist completing the project.

The creation of a fund to improve conservation of fisheries through community partnerships is a grassroots program that acknowledges the key role that natural resources play in the development and economic well-being of the country, and recognizes the importance of protecting and enhancing the vital recreational fishery and fish habitat.

Another application window will open this fall to submit proposals for projects that are planned to take place between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. For more information, visit http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/habitat/rfcpp-ppcpr/index-eng.asp.

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is Ontario's largest, nonprofit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization, representing 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 710 member clubs. To learn more, visit www.ofah.org.

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Shannon Gutoskie
    Manager of Communications
    705-748-6324 ext. 270
    shannon_gutoskie@ofah.org

    The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Dr. Terry Quinney
    Provincial Manager of Fish & Wildlife Services
    705-748-6324 ext. 242
    terry_quinney@ofah.org
    www.ofah.org