Friday, July 11, 2014

Federal Gov't News

Funding on a Platter

DFO looks to partner with locals on salmon conservation projects

Released by UFV/Shannon Torhjelm pic


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


Announced in Economic Action Plan 2013 the RFCPP supports 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.


“A lot of great work is being done in habitat restoration in our area thanks to the RFCPP.” Strahl added, “With additional funding now available, I look forward to seeing further improvements to our local waterways.”      


To date the RFCPP has funded the following 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;

•  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;  

•   partnering with the Pacific Salmon Foundation to provide $68,900 for the restoration of fish passage at the Bench Forest Service Road; and

•  partnering with the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition to provide $166,000 to re-water the Chilliwack & Vedder River floodplain restoring salmon spawning and rearing habitat

DFO will accept applications for funding from June 30, 2014 to August 15, 2014. For additional program information as well as the application form and guidelines, please visit here.


“Our Government is proud to partner with recreational fishing, angling and conservation groups all across Canada to protect and restore fishing habitat for future generations. The window for Round Three applications is now open, and I encourage groups to submit their projects to improve water quality and protect Canada’s valuable lakes, rivers and streams,” said Minister Shea.


Since 2006, the Government of Canada has taken important steps to conserver and restore our country’s natural environment and connect Canadians to our rich natural heritage. On May 15, 2014, the National Conservation Plan was launched to provide a more coordinated approach to conservation efforts across the country. The RFCPP is now part of this national plan.



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