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August 26, 2013 09:47 ET

Harper Government Invests in Recreational Fisheries Conservation Projects in New Brunswick

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - Aug. 26, 2013) - Robert Goguen, Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, 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 Sentinelles Petitcodiac Riverkeeper, Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance, Groupe des bassins versants de la baie des Chaleurs, Southeastern Anglers Association and Ducks Unlimited Canada to conserve fish habitat in New Brunswick.

"Recreational fishing is a popular leisure activity in Moncton that not only brings family and friends together, but also contributes to our economy by attracting tourists and creating jobs," said MP Goguen. "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 in our province, for the benefit of our communities in years to come."

The funding announced today in New Brunswick will support effective implementation of the Humphreys Brook Restoration Project (Phase 2); of Habitat Restoration Projects in the Petitcodiac Watershed; of a project to protect, preserve and restore fish habitat in Mills and Ormes Rivers; of a project to connect and improve fish habitat restored sites that were established in Mill Creek and Black River; and of the Front Lake project to redesign fishway to improve passage for a diversity of migratory fish species. These 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.

In this first round, a total of 13 projects were approved in New Brunswick to restore, rebuild and rehabilitate recreational fisheries habitat. The Government of Canada will provide as much as $552,000 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 Goguen today announced on behalf of Minister Shea that, through the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, the Harper Government is investing up to $552,000 in the first round of applications in 13 local projects supporting recreational fisheries conservation in New Brunswick.

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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