OAK HAMMOCK MARSH, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Feb. 12, 2014) - Funding from the 2014 Federal Budget will support expanded conservation efforts that will restore and enhance aquatic habitats that support fish and wildlife while furthering Canada's strong outdoor traditions.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced an additional $15 million-investment in the federal Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program during his budget speech in the House of Commons yesterday. Funds will be spent over two years and are earmarked at improving critical habitat conservation efforts across Canada.
"We're pleased that the Government of Canada is continuing its investment in aquatic habitat," said Dr. Karla Guyn, National Director of Conservation for Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC). "Wetlands are critical habitat to many of our fish and wildlife resources and this partnership program directly supports habitat restoration and enhancement - efforts that play a critical role in supporting healthy fish stocks and waterfowl populations in Canada."
DUC also looks forward to the implementation of a new National Conservation Plan later in 2014, a core government commitment that was re-affirmed in yesterday's budget, and thus working with all levels of government and other partners to ensure Canada's natural areas are protected for generations to enjoy.
The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program was first introduced in June 2013 and is administered by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). Since then, DUC has partnered with the DFO on several successful conservation projects that protect valuable wetland fish and wildlife habitats across the country. These areas also clean our water, reduce the effects of flooding and help mitigate against the effects of climate change - environmental benefits important to all Canadians.
DUC's Restoring the Tradition project at Delta Marsh in Manitoba is one example of effective partnerships and science-based conservation in action. State-of-the-art exclusion structures have been installed to keep Common Carp, an invasive fish species, out of the marsh. By excluding carp, natural vegetation will be able to rebound, thus improving habitat for native fish species, ducks, and other wildlife. Fish ladder research, part of DUC's Atlantic Fishway Initiative, and wetland restoration efforts at Cheam Lake in British Columbia also have benefitted from the program.
Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at www.ducks.ca.