Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program Now Accepting Applications

Brandon, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris announced that applications for the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program are now being accepted. Interested groups have until December 12, 2014 to submit their projects.

"I encourage all conservation and recreational fishing groups to submit their applications and apply for funding," said Maguire. "Through this program we can continue to enhance southwestern Manitoba's recreational fisheries for local residents and make our region a destination for North American anglers."

The National Conservation Plan (NCP) has been remarkably successful in ensuring a more coordinated approach to conservation efforts across the country. As part of the NCP, the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program continues to be an effective program for restoring Canada's waterways to ensure sustainability and ongoing productivity of our recreational fisheries.

Given the success of the program, the Government of Canada increased the investment in the Economic Action Plan 2014 to a total of $25 million. Since its launch, over $11 million has already been invested in more than 200 projects across Canada.

More than 3.3 million adult anglers participate in recreational fishing activities every year. Recreational fishing contributes significantly to the Canadian economy, especially in rural areas. In 2010, for example, angling generated $8.3 billion for local economies.

The program funds many different types of restoration projects. Examples of commonly-funded projects include (not a comprehensive list):

Stream, Lake and Floodplain Habitat Restoration:

  • Construction of instream rock and/or natural wood structures to restore or enhance fish habitat.

  • Construction of instream sediment management structures to improve fish habitat.

  • Construction or restoration of undercut banks and other stream refuge habitats for fish.

  • Construction or restoration of refuge or rearing cover structures in lakes.

  • Placement of spawning gravels in streams.

  • Enhancement of spawning shoals in lakes.

  • Restoration of floodplain channels, ponds and/or wetlands.

Fish Access Improvements:

  • Removal of natural or abandoned, manmade obstructions to fish passage.

  • Construction or repair of fish bypass channels around obstructions to fish passage.

  • Removal, repair, replacement or modification of culverts to provide fish passage.

  • Deactivation and restoration of abandoned stream crossings that limit fish passage.

Stream Channel and Bank Erosion Control and Stabilization:

  • Bioengineering and planting of native species to reinforce or stabilize stream banks and/or stabilize instream sand and gravel bars.

  • Riparian planting using native species.

  • Livestock exclusion fencing in conjunction with riparian planting and suitable buffer strips.

Ocean Habitat Restoration and Enhancement:

  • Bioengineering and planting of native species to reinforce or stabilize eroding shorelines.

  • Restoration of inter-tidal and sub-tidal plant communities.

  • Restoration of underwater reefs (e.g., oyster shell reefs).

  • Removal of abandoned, manmade structures that negatively impact fish habitat.

Improve Water Quality:

  • Aeration

  • Liming

Additional program information as well as the application form and guidelines are available on the Department's web site:

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