Canada's Economic Action Plan

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August 26, 2013 16:40 ET

Harper Government Invests in Recreational Fisheries Conservation Projects in British Columbia

MISSION, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 26, 2013) - Parliamentary Secretary Randy Kamp, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that, through the newly established Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, the Government of Canada is partnering with the Pacific Salmon Foundation to conserve fish habitat in the Fraser Valley in British Columbia.

"Recreational fishing is a popular leisure activity in our communities that not only brings family and friends together, but also contributes to our economy by attracting tourists and creating jobs," said MP Kamp. "By partnering with our local groups who work on the ground to conserve fish habitat, the Government of Canada helps promote investments in recreational fisheries habitat restoration in our province, for the benefit of our communities in years to come."

The funding announced today will support effective restoration of salmon habitat in the Lower Stave River. The Government of Canada will provide as much as $55,500 to support this project, that was submitted during the first round of applications for Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, which closed on July 12, 2013.

In this first round, a total of 28 projects were approved in British Columbia to restore, rebuild and rehabilitate recreational fisheries habitat. The Government of Canada will provide as much as $1.9 million to support these projects.

The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program will make as much as $10 million available over the next two years to support recreational fisheries habitat conservation activities. The funding for projects submitted in the first round of applications provides up to $6.5 million for 104 projects to restore, rebuild and rehabilitate recreational fisheries habitat across the country.

For more information on the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, and on how to apply for the second round of funding this fall, visit: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/habitat/rfcpp-ppcpr/index-eng.asp.

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Member of Parliament Kamp today announced on behalf of Minister Shea that, through the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, the Harper Government is investing up to $1.9 million in the first round of applications in 28 local projects supporting recreational fisheries conservation in British Columbia. One of the projects will support effective restoration of Lower Stave River salmon habitat.

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Contact Information

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

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