"The Government of Canada is proud to support this community-oriented initiative that returns our precious ecosystems to their natural form and restores fisheries habitat across the country to the benefit of all Canadians."Gudie HutchingsMember / Députée, Long Range Mountains
The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP) supports recreational fisheries habitat restoration projects led by angling/fishing groups, conservation organizations and Indigenous groups to rebuild and rehabilitate fish habitat in Canada.
On behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, is pleased to announce that the Government of Canada is investing $83,528 in two recreational fisheries habitat restoration projects.
Brief descriptions of the two projects are as follows:
The Humber Arm Environmental Association Inc. has been approved for $40,715 to rebuild the eelgrass meadows in two locations in the Bay of Islands in western Newfoundland and Labrador. The outcome of this proposal is twofold: restoration of eelgrass meadow fish habitat; and increased knowledge on success rate of eelgrass restoration techniques, knowledge that can be communicated to assist with restoration of fish habitat elsewhere across Atlantic Canada.
The association has also been approved for an additional $42,813 to restore habitat for recreational fish species such as Atlantic salmon and brook trout, through the removal of natural or man-made obstructions to fish passage at a minimum of seven locations in the Humber River watershed.
Recreational fisheries face many environmental challenges, with habitat loss being the most common threat. The RFCPP provides an average of $10 million annually to support local and community partners to restore, rebuild and rehabilitate Canada’s recreational fisheries habitat.
- Seven volunteers will work on these two projects to improve 1200 m2 of marine habitat and 300,000 m2 of riverine fish habitat improvement.
- Brook Trout, Atlantic Salmon, Capelin, Atlantic Cod and White Hake will see an improvement in their habitat through these two projects.
- The RFCPP is a six-year, $53 million program that funds recreational fisheries habitat restoration projects across the country.
- Since 2013, the RFCPP has funded more than 440 projects, with contributions worth almost $24 million.
- The RFCPP usually funds projects in the range of $20,000 to $100,000 per year, with an upper limit of $250,000 per year.
- To be eligible for RFCPP funding, the total support for the project from all levels of government combined (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal) cannot exceed 75% of the total project value. In addition, no more than 50% of the project’s total budget can come from the federal government.
- In the previous round, Humber Arm Environmental Association conducted its first eelgrass restoration project with approved funding of $75,365.