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April 14, 2014 15:49 ET

Minister Shea and MP Saxton Announce Funding for a Project to Restore Lynn Creek Estuary

British Columbia to receive up to $1.5 million for 32 projects under Round II of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program

NORTH VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 14, 2014) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and Andrew Saxton, MP for North Vancouver and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, today announced that the Government of Canada will provide funding of up to $15,000 to the BC Conservation Foundation for a project to restore the Lynn Creek estuary.

This was the first project announced under the second round of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program. A total of $5.5 million for 128 projects to restore recreational fisheries habitat through Round II have been approved, including up to $1.5 million in 32 projects in British Columbia alone.

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, Economic Action Plan 2014 increased the funding available through the program by $15 million, for a total investment of $25 million.

Quick Facts

  • The Lynn Creek estuary project aims to restore productive intertidal and shoreline riparian habitats within accessible areas that are near parks and have high public value. It will result in significantly improved habitat for adult salmonids.
  • Restoring the estuarine habitat will take place over two years. Phase one will consist largely of surveys and installation of large woody debris. Phase two will involve removing invasive species, re-vegetation with native plant species, and installation of 100 pieces of large woody debris.
  • Under the first round of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, up to $1.8 million funding had been made available for 28 projects related to Pacific salmon in British Columbia. Several projects under round two will also support Pacific salmon.
  • A third window for funding applications will be open shortly. Details about eligibility and how to apply are available 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.

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."

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

"This program brings together community partners and pools their resources to support the common goal of conserving and protecting Canada's recreational fisheries. North Vancouver's BC Conservation Foundation, like many groups across the country, has done incredible work and implemented exciting projects that showcase the multiplying power of partnerships in restoring healthy fisheries habitat for all Canadians. I'm proud to be a part of a government committed to working with its citizens for the betterment of our natural environment."

Andrew Saxton, MP for North Vancouver and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Associated Links

- Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program Web site

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Backgrounder

Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program - Round II Projects Funded Across Canada

The Government of Canada is funding up to 128 projects across Canada through Round II of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, investing a total of up to $5.5 million following the second round of applications.

The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program was created in June 2013 to encourage cooperation and support projects led by recreational fishing and angling groups, as well as conservation organizations, aimed at restoring recreational fisheries habitat.

The program supports the sustainability and ongoing productivity of Canada's recreational fisheries by bringing like-minded partners together and pooling their resources to support the common goal of conserving and protecting Canada's recreational fisheries. The partnership approach makes the most of joint resources, allowing results that would not otherwise be possible.

Some successes to date include:

  • Restoration of important habitat for Coho salmon and other salmonids in British Columbia;
  • Construction of a fish bypass channel to help preserve and restore the recreational fishery in Southern and Central Lake Ontario; and
  • Removal of deteriorating dams and structures that had been used by the pulp and paper industry, so that salmonids in the Exploits River watershed in Newfoundland and Labrador have free passage.

The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program has a $25 million budget to fund projects over three years (2013-2016). Through the first round of funding, 94 projects received approximately $5.9 million in funding. Through Round Two, a total of up to $5.5 million will be invested in 128 additional projects. As all projects received at least 50 per cent of their funding from sources other than government, the $11.4 million awarded to date represents an investment of at least $22.8 million in fisheries habitat restoration through the program.

A third window for funding applications will be open shortly. Details about eligibility and how to apply are available on the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program's website (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pnw-ppe/rfcpp-ppcpr/index-eng.html).

Contact Information

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

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

    Program Contact:
    Melinda Lontoc-Roy
    613-998-9121

    Communications Contact:
    Rhonda Francis
    613-990-1867