National Conservation Plan

National Conservation Plan

January 07, 2015 16:05 ET

Harper Government Continues to Support Restoration Work Along Swift Creek

The Government of Canada has invested more than $18 million to date to restore recreational fisheries habitat through the National Conservation Plan

VALEMOUNT, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Jan. 7, 2015) - In the Village of Valemount, the federal government partnered with the British Columbia Conservation Foundation again to continue to restore salmon spawning habitat along Swift Creek. Member of Parliament Cathy McLeod, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, highlighted today the Government of Canada's investment in the 2014-2016 Swift Creek Restoration Project. Through the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP), the B.C. Conservation Foundation will receive up to $230,108 to support both the 2013 and the 2014-2016 Swift Creek Restoration projects.

As part of the National Conservation Plan, the RFCPP was created to restore Canada's waterways and to ensure sustainability and ongoing productivity of our recreational fisheries. Given its success in ensuring a more coordinated approach to conservation efforts across the country, and high demand, the Government of Canada increased the investment in the Economic Action Plan 2014 to a total of $25 million.

The B.C. Conservation Foundation will contribute to the conservation and restoration of our country's natural environment and connect Canadians to our rich natural heritage. Under the third round of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, up to $2,587,043 has been made available for 30 projects in British Columbia.
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has taken important steps to conserve and restore our country's natural environment and connect Canadians to our rich natural heritage. Details about the program can be found on the Program's website (www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pnw-ppe/rfcpp-ppcpr/index-eng.html) where you can also sign up for updates.

Quick Facts

  • The B.C. Conservation Foundation will work to restore fish habitat at key locations on Swift Creek by stabilizing eroding banks and re-vegetating the stream bank. This work will reduce sediment entering the creek and improve spawning and rearing habitat for the creek's unique run of chinook salmon, as well as coho and sockeye salmon and rainbow and bull trout. The project builds on previous work funded by the RFCPP.
  • They are receiving up to $142,464 for the 2014-2016 Swift Creek Restoration Project.
  • Since the launch of the program, over $18 million has already been committed to more than 300 projects across Canada.
  • Under the first round, the program awarded $5.9 million to 94 projects undertaken between 2013 and 2015.
  • Under the second round, the program committed up to $5.5 million to 128 projects undertaken between 2014 and 2015.
  • Under the third round of the RFCPP, up to $6.8M was committed for over 80 projects to be undertaken nationally between 2014 and 2016.
  • The fourth round of funding applications is now closed.

Quotes

"The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program allows our Government to support an important economic sector while also ensuring sustainable fisheries. I would like to congratulate the B.C. Conservation Foundation for their continued success through the program. Our Government is proud to support their work and hopes to see more projects to come."

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

"I am proud to be a member of a government that recognizes the vital role our recreational fisheries play, both as part of our Canadian heritage and in supporting rural economies in communities much like Valemount, B.C. Together with our like-minded partners, we will continue to advocate for the restoration and conservation of fishing habitat across the nation."

Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo

"The Swift Creek project is part of an overall watershed restoration plan that has garnered support from the local community as well as the public. Visiting tour groups have been enthusiastic about the work after seeing first-hand sockeye and chinook spawning in these recently restored habitats."

Barb Waters, B.C. Conservation Foundation

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Contact Information

  • Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    613-992-3474

    Frank Stanek
    Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    613-990-7537