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August 30, 2013 15:38 ET

Harper Government Invests in Recreational Fisheries Conservation Projects in British Columbia

DUNCAN, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 30, 2013) - The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State and Chief Government Whip, 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 will provide funding of up to $203,000 to support six projects to restore, rebuild and rehabilitate recreational fisheries habitat on Vancouver Island.

"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 Minister Duncan. "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 in the province of British Columbia will support effective restoration of fish habitat on Vancouver Island. The projects were submitted during the first round of applications for Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, which closed on July 12, 2013.

The following projects to conserve recreational fisheries habitat will receive funding through the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program in British Columbia in this first round:

  • Restoration of the Oliver Creek Fish Passage and Habitat Restoration around Youbou Road - Pacific Salmon Foundation
  • Beaver Lake Dam Maintenance - Cowichan Lake Salmonid Enhancement Society
  • Restoration and Enhancement of Critical Fish Habitat in Cowichan Region Creeks - Cowichan Land Trust
  • Floating Island and Bubble Aerator Rehabilitation for the Quamichan Lake Recreational Fishery Project - Quamichan Watershed Stewardship Society
  • Redevelopment of the Sandy Pool boat launch and fisheries restoration on Cowichan River - BC Wildlife Federation - Region 1, Vancouver Island
  • Salish Sea Near-shore Marine Recreational Fisheries Project - SeaChange Marine Conservation Society.

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. A total of 28 projects in British Columbia are being funded in the first phase thanks to an investment of as much as $1.9 million over two years.

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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Minister John Duncan 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 28 local projects supporting recreational fisheries conservation in British Columbia.

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BACKGROUNDER

RECREATIONAL FISHERIES CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM PROJECTS FUNDED ACROSS CANADA

The Government of Canada is funding 104 projects across Canada through the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, investing a total of up to $6.5 million following the first round of applications.

The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program was created in June 2013 to encourage cooperation and support projects led by recreational fishing and angling groups, as well as conservation organizations, aimed at improving the conservation of recreational fisheries habitat.

The program will support the sustainability and ongoing productivity of Canada's recreational fisheries by bringing like-minded partners together and pooling their resources to support the common goal of conserving and protecting Canada's recreational fisheries. The partnership approach will make the most of joint resources, allowing results that would not otherwise be possible.

The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program has a $10 million budget to fund projects over two years (2013-2015). The first window for applications closed on July 12, 2013. The Government of Canada will be funding 104 projects across Canada, investing a total of up to $6.5 million. As all eligible projects must receive at least 50 percent of their funding from sources other than government, the $6.5 million funding announced in this first round represents an investment of as much as $13 million in fisheries habitat restoration through the program.

The second window for funding applications is expected to open in the fall. Details about eligibility and how to apply are available on the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program's Website (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/habitat/rfcpp-ppcpr/index-eng.asp).

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