Canada's Economic Action Plan

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August 26, 2013 10:45 ET

Harper Government Invests in Recreational Fisheries Conservation Projects in Lac-Ministuk

LAC-MINISTUK, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Aug. 26, 2013) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, 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 Association sportive Mars-Moulin (ZEC) to conserve fish habitat in Lac-Ministuk, Quebec.

"Recreational fishing is a cherished leisure activity in our community and attracts visitors here in Lac-Ministuk, creating jobs and contributing in a significant way to our economy," said Minister Lebel. "Through 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, for the benefit of our communities in years to come."

The funding of $50,000 announced today will support effective implementation of a project to enhance brook trout habitat in Lac-Ministuk. This project 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 22 projects were approved in Quebec to restore, rebuild and rehabilitate recreational fisheries habitat. The Government of Canada will provide as much as $1.4 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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Minister Denis Lebel today announced on behalf of Minister Shea that, through the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, the Harper Government is partnering with the Association sportive Mars-Moulin (ZEC) to conserve fish habitat in Lac-Ministuk, Quebec.

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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