OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 26, 2013) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, along with Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, announced that, through the newly established Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, the Government of Canada will provide funding of up to $1.4 million to restore, rebuild and rehabilitate recreational fisheries habitat in Ontario.
"Recreational fishing is a cherished leisure activity in our community and attracts visitors in Ontario, creating jobs and contributing in a significant way to the economy," said Minister Shea. "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."
Minister Shea participated in events over the past weekend to announce two projects located in the Owen Sound area. One project, led by the Hepworth Anglers Club, will receive $33,380 to support the enhancement of trout and salmon habitat in Spring Creek. The other project, led by the Sydenham Sportsmen's Association, will receive $2,350 to help protecting Chinook salmon on the Lower Sydenham River. 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 18 projects were approved in Ontario to restore, rebuild and rehabilitate recreational fisheries habitat. The Government of Canada will provide as much as $1.4 million to support these projects.
"With this new program, we can better enter into partnerships with local groups who know what needs to be done to protect fisheries and habitat in their areas and have the will and drive to do it," said MP Miller. "The Hunting and Angling Caucus, of which I am a member, worked hard to try and make funds available to support recreational fisheries and sportsmen across the country. We appreciate the support we received from the Minister and look forward to working with the groups and associations that have been approved for funding."
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.
Minister Shea announced through the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program that the Harper Government is investing $1.4 million in the first round of applications in 18 projects to support recreational fisheries conservation in Ontario. Two projects in the Owen Sound area will receive funding aimed to enhance habitat for Spring Creek and protect Chinook salmon on the Lower Sydenham River.
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