Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

November 15, 2005 12:30 ET

DFO Signs MOU on the Management of Fish and Fish Habitat for the Restigouche River Watershed

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 15, 2005) - Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), along with the Restigouche River Watershed Management Council, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the management of fish and fish habitat for the Restigouche River Watershed.

The other members of the agreement - the Provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec, the Listuguj Mi'kmaq First Nation, and the Eel River Bar First Nation - have ratified the agreement and will formally sign the MOU at a later date.

"This agreement is another example of DFO's commitment to developing partnerships among provinces and First Nations to improve the management of fish and fish habitat," said Minister Regan.

The MOU will improve coordination among federal and provincial governments and watershed-based volunteer groups. It will identify the respective roles of the parties, assist in planning and goal-setting, and improve efficiency of service delivery.

"I'd like to thank the hard-working members of the Restigouche Management Council for their work on this collaborative effort towards ensuring a healthy and viable future for the Restigouche River system," said Minister Regan.

The Restigouche River system sustains one of the most productive salmon and trout fisheries in Canada for both First Nation food, social and ceremonial fisheries and the sport fishery. The economic contribution of the Wild Atlantic salmon fishery is approximately $15 million annually.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Steve Outhouse
    Media Relations
    (613) 998-1530
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Office of the Minister
    Sujata Raisinghani, Press Secretary
    (613) 992-3474