National Conservation Plan

National Conservation Plan

September 10, 2014 14:22 ET

Harper Government Invests in Round II Recreational Fisheries Conservation Project in Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon

The Government of Canada to invest up to $5.5 million to restore recreational fisheries habitat through the National Conservation Plan

CHILLIWACK, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 10, 2014) - Member of Parliament Mark Strahl (Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon), on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that, under the second round of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, the Government of Canada will provide up to $124,000 to the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition to conserve valuable fish habitat in the Chilliwack and Vedder rivers.

The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program was announced in Economic Action Plan 2013 to support fisheries habitat restoration projects led by recreational fishing and angling groups, as well as conservation organizations. Given its early success and high demand, an additional investment in Economic Action Plan 2014 increased the funding available through the program to a total investment of $25 million.

On May 15, 2014, the National Conservation Plan was launched to provide a more coordinated approach to conservation efforts across the country. 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. To date, the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program has invested nearly $6 million (Round I), in 94 fisheries habitat restoration projects across Canada and funding to support up to an additional 127 projects (Round II) is currently underway. Applications for Round III are now being reviewed. Details about the program can be found on the Program's Web site (www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pnw-ppe/rfcpp-ppcpr/index-eng.html) where you can also sign up for updates.

Quick Facts

  • The Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition is receiving up to $124,000 to restore salmon habitat in dry channels of the natural floodplain of the Vedder River. Sustained water flows from the Chilliwack River will be directed to the Vedder River floodplain and the channels will be improved with gravel and riparian planting. The project will benefit coho, chum and pink salmon, as well as steelhead and cutthroat trout.
  • Under the first round of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, up to $1,813,000 had been made available for 28 projects in B.C.
  • Under the second round of the program, up to $1,506,000 will be made available to 31 projects in B.C.
  • Up to $5.5 million for 128 projects to restore recreational fisheries habitat through Round II has been approved nationally.

Quotes

"Our Government is committed to supporting the individuals and organizations who are working along the shores of lakes, rivers and streams across this country to protect and restore fishing habitats for future generations. Recreational fishing is an important economic activity that attracts thousands of visitors to Canada and contributes billions of dollars to our economy every year. The Chilliwack-Vedder watershed supports valuable salmon habitat and is known for its year-round recreational fishing. The projects funded by the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program will benefit our community for years to come."

Mark Strahl, Member of Parliament for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon

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