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National Conservation Plan

November 10, 2014 14:49 ET

Harper Government Invests in Round II Recreational Fisheries Conservation Projects in Nanaimo-Alberni

The Government of Canada Has Invested More Than $18 Million to Date to Restore Recreational Fisheries Habitat Through the National Conservation Plan

NANAIMO, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 10, 2014) - Member of Parliament James Lunney, 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 $97,040 to four conservation groups to restore fish habitat on Vancouver Island. The groups are: Alberni Valley Enhancement Association, Central Westcoast Forest Society, Friends of French Creek Conservation Society, and Nuu-Chah-Nulth/West Coast of Vancouver Island Aquatic Management Society.

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

  • The Alberni Valley Enhancement Association is receiving $14,100 to widen and repair two flood channel openings in the Somass Estuary, which will restore tidal circulation, increase fish access, and boost production for migrating salmonids. The work is in partnership with the City of Port Alberni.

  • The Central Westcoast Forest Society is receiving $24,590 to restore fish habitat in the Conference Creek watershed, degraded by logging and road construction. The work will relocate creeks to their original channels, construct rock weirs, replace and relocate culverts and place new spawning gravel. The work will increase fish access to upstream sections of the watershed.

  • The Friends of French Creek Conservation Society is receiving $13,000 to stabilize eroding banks on French Creek, which is leading to significant amounts of sediment entering the creek and degrading fish habitat. The project will also plant shrubs and trees on the creek bank and increase pool habitat for juvenile fish.

  • The Nuu-Chah-Nulth/West Coast of Vancouver Island Aquatic Management Society is receiving $45,350 to restore fish habitat in Port Alberni streams (Greig/Lugrin and Dry Creek) impacted by urban development. This includes creating more pool habitat and spawning areas, planting vegetation along streambanks, and placing new spawning gravel.

  • Under the first round of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, up to $1,813,000 was made available for 28 projects in B.C.

  • Under the second round of the program, up to $1,528,446 was made available to 32 projects in B.C.

  • Under the third round of the RFCPP, up to $6.8M was committed to over 80 projects nationally to be undertaken between 2014 and 2016.

Quotes

"Our Government is committed to supporting the individuals and organizations who are working along the shores of lakes, rivers and streams across Vancouver Island to protect and restore fish habitat for future generations. Recreational fishing is an important economic activity which attracts thousands of visitors to Vancouver Island and contributes billions of dollars to our economy every year." James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Alberni

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