Thursday, November 6, 2014

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Local enhancement groups encouraged to apply for funds

Released by Robert Pearsall, PA for MP Mark Strahl


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 fourth phase of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Recreational Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP).


“The Recreational Fisheries Conservations Partnerships Program allows our Government to support an important economic sector while also ensuring sustainable fisheries. I would like to congratulate the proponents who applied under the first rounds of this program. Our Government is proud to support their work that will benefit Canadian communities for years to come. I encourage all interested groups to submit an application under the new round,” said the Honorable Gail Shea – Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

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.

“Thanks to the RFCPP a number of important habitat restoration projects have gone forward in our area.” Strahl added, “These investments are helping restore local waterways and ensure the sustainability of our recreational fisheries.”       

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 October 17, 2014 to December 12, 2014. For additional program information as well as the application form and guidelines, please visit: Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program Web site



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