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Archived - Harper Government Invests in the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Projects In Prince Edward Island
The Government of Canada has invested more than $18 million to date to restore recreational fisheries habitat through the National Conservation Plan
November 7, 2014 - Emerald, Prince Edward Island
The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Regional Minister for PEI and MP for Egmont, highlighted today the Government of Canada’s investment in seven projects in Prince Edward Island. Under the third round of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP), various organisations will receive up to $314,000 for seven projects to support the conservation of fish habitat on the Island.
As part of the National Conservation Plan, the RFCPP was created to restore Canada’s waterways and to ensure sustainability and ongoing productivity of our recreational fisheries. Given its success in ensuring a more coordinated approach to conservation efforts across the country, and high demand, the Government of Canada increased the investment in the Economic Action Plan 2014 to a total of $25 million.
Groups like the South Shore Watershed Association will contribute to the conservation and restoration of our country’s natural environment and connect Canadians to our rich natural heritage.
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. The window to apply for funding under Round IV is now open and applications will be accepted until December 12th, 2014. Details about the program can be found on the Program’s Web site where you can also sign up for updates.
- Lot 11 and Area Watershed - The project will restore and enhance 2 km of the Enmore River system. Activities will include the reinforcement of stream banks with brushmats (structures that capture sediment), the removal of alders and the planting of 800 native shrubs and trees on the river banks.
- South Shore Watershed Association - Fish passage will be restored to the East Branch of the Westmoreland River for several species of fish by adding a natural bottom fish-ladder. Fish habitat will be enhanced through culvert replacements and stream restoration techniques to ensure access to spawning grounds, headwater fish passage, adequate cover and space for a healthy sustainable fish population.
- Ellen’s Creek Watershed Group - This project will expand the instream and river banks enhancement efforts by including the construction of instream rock and/or natural wood structures to restore or enhance fish habitat, the removal of natural obstructions to fish passage, planting of 300 native trees and shrubs on the river banks and the construction of brushmats to prevent stream bank erosion.
- Central Queen Wildlife Federation – This project aims to address an emerging challenge by identifying and focusing restoration efforts for example, fish passage improvement for brook trout on tributaries within the West River watershed.
- Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association –The group will initiate restoration projects on the main branch of the Dunk River to restore fish habitat. It will also undertake tree planting on the river banks, installation of brushmats and the creation of 50 cover log structures and the restoration of a pool by installing deflectors.
- Duck Unlimited Canada – The goal of this project is to provide fish passage around a dam at the outlet of McCarrick’s Pond approximately 2 km south of Corraville, Prince Edward Island. To do this, nature-like fish passage channel will be constructed so that fish will have access to the headwaters of the Midgell River. There is currently no fish passage at this location.
- Morrell River Management Co-operative Limited – An extension will provide access to more remote locations within the watersheds of Bristol Creek, Morrell River, Midgell River and St. Peters River. River bank restoration will also be completed by planting 1,000 native trees and shrubs.
- Since the launch of the program, over $11 million has already been invested in more than 200 projects across Canada.
- Under the first round, the program awarded $5.9 million to 94 projects undertaken between 2013 and 2015.
- Under the second round, the program committed up to $5.5 million to 128 projects undertaken between 2014 and 2015.
- Under the third round of the RFCPP, up to $6.8M was committed for over 80 projects to be undertaken nationally between 2014 and 2016.
- The fourth round of funding applications is now open until December 12, 2014.
“Recreational fishing is a popular leisure activity in Prince Edward Island that not only brings family and friends together, but also contributes to our economy by attracting tourists and creating jobs. Today’s announcement is great news for our PEI conservation partners who make a real difference by protecting and preserving our rich recreational fisheries and their habitat.”
The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Regional Minister for PEI and MP for Egmont
“The South Shore Watershed Association would like to recognize the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program. This funding will enable work to be carried out to restore fish passage to and fish habitat in the East Branch of the Westmoreland River. This will not only allow for the first fish passage above the Pond in the last 50 years, but also ensure the fish have passage to and suitable habitat in the headwater springs for spawning. Further work will include stabilizing the existing spillway and raising the dam to ensure the continued structural integrity of this historic pond.”
Kellie Lockhart, watershed manager of the South Shore Watershed Association
Photo caption: The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced funding for seven Prince Edward Island projects today under the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program. Pictured left to right are Thelma Phillips, Director of the Lot 11 & Area Watershed Management Group; Tom Duffy, Manager Atlantic Operations - Ducks Unlimited Canada; Dale McIsaac, president of the Morell River Management Co-operative Limited; Minister Shea; Barry Mayne, President of the Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association; Kellie Lockhart, Watershed Manager for the South Shore Watershed Association; Norman Dewar, watershed Coordinator for the Ellen’s Creek Watershed Group. Absent: Megan Harris, Coordinator of the Central Queens Branch, PEI Wildlife Federation.
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