Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Government of Canada

Government of Canada

November 13, 2014 13:48 ET

Harper Government Invests in Round II Recreational Fisheries Conservation Projects in Kootenay-Columbia

The government of Canada has invested up to $18 million to date to restore recreational fisheries habitat through the National Conservation Plan

CRANBROOK, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 13, 2014) - Member of Parliament David Wilks, 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 is providing $77,400 to the Pacific Salmon Foundation to conserve fish habitat in the East White 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. Most recently, under Round III, 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.

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, up to $1,813,000 had been made available for 28 projects in B.C.
  • Under the second round of the program, up to $1,528,466 had been made available for 32 projects in B.C.
    • The Pacific Salmon Foundation is receiving $77,400 to replace existing culverts in the East White River that are barriers to fish migration. The project will allow bull trout juveniles to reach high-value upstream habitat; rainbow trout and westslope cutthroat trout will also benefit from the project.
  • Under the third round of the RFCPP, up to $6.8M was committed to over 80 projects nationally that will 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 an important economic activity which attracts thousands of visitors to Canada and contributes billions of dollars to our economy every year. The projects funded by the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program will benefit Canadian communities for years to come."

David Wilks, Member of Parliament for Kootenay-Columbia

"I commend the Government of Canada for continuing their commitment to sustain fisheries through the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program and for building the program through local partnerships. We are pleased to partner with the federal and provincial governments to restore critical rearing habitat for rainbow and cutthroat trout that had been disconnected by culverts along the East White River. Restoring previously lost habitat for spawning and rearing is one of the most important steps we can take to sustain Pacific salmon, which includes the species cutthroat trout, and the ecosystems that depend on these fish."

Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO, Pacific Salmon Foundation

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