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Fisheries and Oceans Canada

January 14, 2015 13:52 ET

Harper Government Invests in Recreational Fisheries Conservation Projects In Nanaimo-Alberni

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

PORT ALBERNI, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Jan. 14, 2015) -

On Vancouver Island, the federal government partnered with the Central Westcoast Forest Society, Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society and Nuu-Chah-Nulth/WCVI Aquatic Management Society to undertake fish habitat improvements along the Taylor River and Roger Creek, Shelly Creek, and Tofino-area creeks. Member of Parliament Dr. James Lunney, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, highlighted today the Government of Canada's investment through the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP) of up to $439,671 in these 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 the high demand, the Government of Canada increased the investment in the Economic Action Plan 2014 to a total of $25 million.

Under the third round of the RFCPP, 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 notable, past projects can be found on the Program's Web site (

Quick Facts

  • The Central Westcoast Forest Society is receiving up to $118,152 to restore salmon spawning and rearing habitat in creeks within the District of Tofino. The project will replace damaged culverts and other barriers to fish, place new spawning gravel, create structures to provide cover and shade for fish and replant vegetation on creek banks.
  • The Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society is receiving up to $47,000 to plan and implement a restoration program for Shelly Creek, a tributary of the Englishman River. This includes improving and stabilizing the creek's banks, planting riparian vegetation and replacing culverts to improve fish passage and reduce erosion of the streambed.
  • The Nuu-Chah-Nulth/WCVI Aquatic Management Society is receiving funding for the following three projects:
    • Up to $83,755 to address the limited spawning and rearing habitat in the upper Taylor River in the area known as the Borrow Pits. The project will build a side-channel and a dike and create habitat structures to provide refuge and shade for fish.
    • Up to $140,000 to improve habitat in the area of Roger Creek that flows through the City of Port Alberni. The project will create side-channel habitat, remove car bodies and garbage from the creek, improve the stormwater system and plant riparian vegetation.
    • Up to $50,764 to increase the availability and quality of fish habitat in the Taylor River's Glulam groundwater channel. This would involve repairing a break in the protective dike around the channel and placing habitat structures like large woody debris in the creek.
  • 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 between 2014 and 2016.
  • The fourth round of funding applications is now closed. Successful projects will be announced soon.


"The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program allows our Government to support an important economic sector while also ensuring sustainable fisheries. Our Government is proud to support the work of these organizations that will benefit Canadian communities for years to come."

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

"I am proud to be a part 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 along Vancouver Island. Together with our like-minded partners, we will continue to advocate for the restoration and conservation of fishing habitat across the nation."

Dr. James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Alberni

"We're so pleased to be able to start restoring fish habitat in Shelly Creek, an impacted urban stream in the Englishman River watershed, but, as we recently discovered, an important stream for rearing coho. Much of the project's labour will be done by volunteers."

Faye Smith, Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society

"We're excited about this project, which addresses critical habitat for cutthroat trout and coho salmon by restoring fish passage under the Pacific Rim Highway and enabling fish to regain access to historic upstream habitat in Tofino area creeks."

Jessica Hutchinson, Central Westcoast Forest Society

"We are extremely grateful for the wonderful financial support provided through the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program. We have been able to tackle some longstanding habitat issues with the funding and are very pleased with the results. This program provided us with the means to increase productive habitat for fisheries. Our community is known as the Ultimate Fishing Town and salmon are a vital component for all members of our region."

Sheena Falconer, Nuu-Chah-Nulth/WCVI Aquatic Management Society


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Contact Information

  • Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada

    Michele Boriel
    Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario