National Conservation Plan

National Conservation Plan

October 29, 2014 15:48 ET

Harper Government Invests in Round II Recreational Fisheries Conservation Project in Okanagan-Coquihalla

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

MERRITT, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 29, 2014) -

Member of Parliament Dan Albas, 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 $55,000 to the Steelhead Society of British Columbia to conserve fish habitat in the Nicola River.

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 under Round I in 94 fisheries habitat restoration projects across Canada, an additional 128 projects under Round II are receiving up to $5.5 million, and most recently over 80 projects are eligible for funding under Round III. 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

  • Under the first round of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, just under $1,813,000 had been made available for 28 projects in B.C.
  • Up to $5.5 million for 128 projects to restore recreational fisheries habitat through Round II has been approved nationally.
  • Under the second round of the program, up to $1,472,000 will be made available to 30 projects in B.C.
  • The Steelhead Society of B.C. is receiving $55,000 to reinforce a large, eroding bank along the Nicola River between Merritt and Nicola Lake to stop large volumes of sediment entering the river and degrading fish habitat. The project is also restoring vegetation along the bank, improving a total of 2,175 square metres of river bank. Benefits of the work will extend 30 kilometres downstream.
  • Under the third round of the RFCPP, up to $6.8M was committed for over 80 projects nationally to be undertaken between 2014 and 2016.
  • The fourth round of funding applications is now open until December 12, 2014.

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 also an important economic activity which attracts many visitors to Canada and supports our local economies. The projects funded by the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program will benefit Canadian communities for years to come."

Dan Albas, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla

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