National Conservation Plan

National Conservation Plan

July 29, 2015 16:30 ET

Harper Government Invests in Recreational Fisheries Projects in Chilliwack and Mission and Infrastructure Upgrades to Cultus Lake Laboratory

The Government of Canada is investing $55 million to support recreational fisheries through the National Conservation Plan

CULTUS LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - July 29, 2015) - Parliamentary Secretary Randy Kamp, Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows - Maple Ridge - Mission, and Parliamentary Secretary Mark Strahl, Member of Parliament for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, highlighted today the Government of Canada's investment in restoring salmon habitat around Chilliwack and Mission.

Through the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP), the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition will receive up to $313,330 towards restoring salmon habitat in the Vedder River Floodplain (Browne Creek, Stewart Creek and Trestle Channel) and the Stave River Watershed. Salmon habitat restoration work in the Vedder River Floodplain is part of a multi-year, multi-phase project that will restore and enhance 3,000 m2 of rearing habitat and 4,000 m2 of riparian habitat in the floodplain. In the Stave Lake Watershed, the restoration work includes sustaining water in spawning channels, increasing gravel levels, and planting native vegetation in riparian areas. Both projects aim to also increase the number of salmon returning to the area.

The Pacific Salmon Foundation will receive up to $61,400 to restore a fish passage on the Bench Forest Service Road by replacing a culvert that has impeded fish passage near the Chilliwack River Confluence.

Part of the National Conservation Plan, the RFCPP was created in 2013 to restore Canada's recreational fisheries habitat and support the sustainability and ongoing productivity of our recreational fisheries. The program proved immediately successful, prompting the Government of Canada to increase its investment through Economic Action Plans 2014 and 2015 to a total of $55 million until 2018-2019.

The Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition and the Pacific Salmon Foundation will contribute to the conservation and restoration of our country's natural environment. Under the fourth round of RFCPP, up to $4,851,129 has been made available for 61 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. The RFCPP Web site provides further details.

MP Strahl also announced an infrastructure funding investment of approximately $375,000 for facility improvements at the Cultus Lake Salmon Research Laboratory in Chilliwack. This funding is part of the $5.8 billion in new investments that will continue to build and renew existing infrastructure and important assets across the country announced in November 2014 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Quick Facts

  • Since the launch of the RFCPP program in 2013, almost $16 million has already been committed to more than 280 projects across Canada.
  • Under the fourth round of RFCPP, almost $10.4 million was committed to 180 projects to be undertaken nationally between 2015 and 2016.
  • Recreational fishing contributes significantly to the Canadian economy, especially in rural areas. In 2010, for example, angling generated $8.3 billion for local economies.
  • The fifth round of funding applications will be open from October 26 to December 16, 2015.

Quotes

"The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program allows our Government to support an important economic sector while also ensuring sustainable fisheries. I would like to congratulate the proponents who applied under this program. Across the country, we are supporting groups that are undertaking restoration projects to benefit their communities for years to come."

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

"I am proud to be part of a government that recognizes the vital role of our recreational fisheries in contributing to our heritage and in supporting economies in rural communities much like Cultus Lake. Together with our like-minded partners, we will continue to advocate for the restoration and conservation of fishing habitat across the nation."

Mark Strahl, Parliamentary Secretary and Member of Parliament for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon

"Our Government understands the importance of balancing the economic spin offs of this industry with ongoing and concerted conservation efforts. By working with our partners at the local level, we're ensuring the sustainability of recreational fishing for this and future generations."

Randy Kamp, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows - Maple Ridge - Mission

"The Pacific Salmon Foundation has had a long-standing partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and salmon streamkeepers in the eastern region of the Fraser Valley. Since the creation of our foundation in 1987, we have made 74 grants totaling $750,000 in the region, which local volunteers turned into $4.2 million in activities with local fundraising, in-kind donations and volunteer time. The demonstrated track record of salmon streamkeepers and conservation organizations like the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition, coupled with federal funds from the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, have resulted in the new habitat restoration projects announced today, which will benefit Pacific salmon and recreational fisheries in the Fraser Watershed."

Michael Meneer, Vice President, Pacific Salmon Foundation

Internet: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Follow us on Twitter! www.Twitter.com/DFO_MPO

Contact Information

  • Frank Stanek
    Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    613-990-7537

    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    613-992-3474