The federal government doubled its investment in the popular Recreational Fish Conservation Partnerships Program by providing an additional $15 million over two years as part of the 2014-15 Budget.
The fish conservation program, which was established in June 2013 with support of Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF), supports projects that conserve recreational fish habitat, including CWF’s Love Your Lake program. The Love Your Lake program helps shoreline property owners and lake associations assess the health of the shoreline habitat of their lake and then take action to improve and restore habitat for fish and wildlife.
“This additional funding provides opportunity for us to extend and possibly expand the Love Your Lake program, as well as provide opportunity to introduce additional new programs.” said Rick Bates, Executive Director of CWF.
“This program is designed to protect, conserve and enhance fish stocks important to Canada’s burgeoning recreational fishery, and the response by Canada’s conservation community has been fantastic,” said Robert Sopuck, Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette. “Almost 100 fisheries conservation projects have been funded so far. Eligible activities include the creation of spawning habitat, conservation of riparian zones, removal of barriers to fish passage, cleaning up waterways, and many other conservation activities.”
The program brings together like-minded partners to pool their resources to support the common goal of conservation and to undertake projects that may otherwise not be possible.