The federal government has awarded over $160,000 to five projects in Newfoundland and Labrador to rebuild, restore and rehabilitate fish habitat.
Gail Shea — Telegram file photo
The announcement was made today by Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. The money comes through the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program.
A news release notes the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program was announced in Economic Action Plan 2013 to support fisheries habitat restoration projects led by recreational fishing and angling groups, as well as conservation organizations.
To date, the program has invested nearly $6 million (Round I) in 94 fisheries habitat restoration projects across Canada and funding to support up to an additional 127 projects (Round II) is currently underway, including today’s announcement.
The window to apply for Round III funding is open and applications will be accepted until Aug. 15.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, five projects through Round II have been approved totalling up to $162,742. Included in them are:
• Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland — Rennies River Restoration and Atlantic Salmon Habitat Restoration Project to enhance spawning and rearing habitat through the installation of in-stream structures and river bed substrate: up to $45,276;
• Indian Bay Ecosystem Corporation — Moccasin Pond Brook Enhancement Project to improve access to spawning and rearing habitat for Atlantic salmon and brook trout through the installation of in-stream structures and plantings in areas bordering the water: up to $18,090;
• Gander River Ecosystem Corporation — Beaver Dam Removal Project to remove eight beaver dams from six tributaries in the Gander River watershed to improve fish migration: up to $12,200.