Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Federal Gov't News

Fishy Funding

Money available for local fish conservation

Released by Robert Pearsall, PA for MP Mark Strahl, Chilliwack/Voice file photo


n behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl is encouraging local groups to make application for funding under the second phase of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program.


"Recreational fishing contributes significantly to our economy, especially in rural areas," said Minister Shea. "As outlined in Economic Action Plan 2013, our Government is proud to support the restoration and rebuilding of recreational fisheries habitat. We will continue to work with our partners to protect Canada's valuable oceans, lakes and rivers for future generations."

The Government of Canada is making $10 million available over two years to support conservation activities through partnerships with local groups who will undertake a variety of projects to restore recreational fisheries habitat. Approximately 100 projects were approved for up to $6.4 million in funding, in the first round of applications this summer.

"Our Conservative Government is committed to improving recreational fish habitat. I'm so pleased that a number of local projects have already been supported," said Strahl.

Under the first phase of the program federal funding of $318,000 was provided for the following three local projects:

partnering with Ducks Unlimited to provide up to $144,000 to rebuild the Cheam Lake Water Control to restore access to Cheam Lake and upstream habitat for spawning coho and cutthroat trout;

partnering with the Pacific Salmon Foundation to provide up to $103,000 to enhance and restore salmon spawning channels from the lower reaches of the Vedder River; and

partnering with the Pacific Salmon Foundation on a second project to provide up to $71,500 to remove two old fish-stream crossing culverts that impeded fish passage on the Elbow Creek and to remediate riparian habitat and existing sedimentation issues.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans will accept applications for funding from November 4 to December 18, 2013. Additional program information as well as the application form and guidelines are available on the Department's web site at: .

Recreational fishing contributes significantly to the Canadian economy. In 2010, anglers generated $8.3 billion to local economies, an increase of 10% over 2005. A 2010 survey found that over 3.3 million adult anglers participated in a variety of recreational fishing activities in Canada, essentially the same number as in 2005. Anglers fished for over 43 million days. Almost 93% of activity occurred in fresh water. Canadian non-resident and foreign anglers made over two million trips within Canada in 2010.




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