Government of Canada makes a significant Coastal Restoration Fund investment in Southeast New Brunswick through the Oceans Protection Plan

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Elsipogtog, New Brunswick – The protection and restoration of the environment is a top priority of the Government of Canada, which is providing resources through the Oceans Protection Plan for environmental protection and restoration. Canadians and future generations will benefit from healthier ecosystems that support marine wildlife, as a result of Canada-wide Coastal Restoration Fund projects.

Pat Finnigan, Member of Parliament for Miramichi─Grand Lake, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Beauséjour, announced today that Kopit Lodge (Elsipogtog First Nation) will receive $1,306,736 over five years for a project to help restore coastal habitats in Southeast New Brunswick. Kopit Lodge will work with its partners to restore Atlantic salmon habitat and migration in the Richibucto, Kouchibouguacis, Kouchibouguac and Black rivers. One of the major activities will include building a fish ladder on an old dam on the Kouchibouguac River.

In May 2017, the Government of Canada announced the $75 million Coastal Restoration Fund to help rehabilitate some of our most vulnerable coastlines and protect marine life and ecosystems. The Coastal Restoration Fund, under the responsibility of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, supports projects that contribute to coastal restoration on all of Canada’s coasts with preference given to projects that are multiyear and involve a broad number of partners, including Indigenous groups.

The Coastal Restoration Fund is part of $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan, the largest investment ever made to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways. In collaboration with Indigenous peoples, local stakeholders and coastal communities, the Government of Canada is creating a world-leading marine safety system that provides economic opportunities for Canadians today, while protecting our coasts and waterways for generations to come.

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MP for Miramichi-Grand Lake Pat Finnigan and Kopit Lodge representatives
MP for Miramichi-Grand Lake Pat Finnigan and Kopit Lodge representatives pose for a photo following the Coastal Restoration Fund announcement for the coastal habitat in Southeast New Brunswick. From left to right: Peter Levi from Indian Island First Nation, partner of the Kopit Lodge project, MP Finnigan, Charla Joseph and Kenneth Francis Sr., both from Kopit Lodge.


“The Government of Canada is committed to protecting our coasts – that’s why we announced the Oceans Protection Plan, which will help restore and protect marine ecosystems and habitats. The $75 million Coastal Restoration Fund provides an opportunity to address threats to our ocean and coastal areas. I am pleased that our collaboration with this dynamic organization will ensure healthy, thriving coastal habitats in Southeast New Brunswick for future generations.”

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, P.C., Q.C., Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Beauséjour

“This announcement is great news for our coastal communities in Southeastern New-Brunswick. This investment from the Government of Canada will allow for coastal restoration in this region, while promoting collaboration between partners.”

Pat Finnigan, Member of Parliament for Miramichi–Grand Lake

“This project is in line with Kopit Lodge’s goals and objectives; it gives us a chance to be proactive in protecting and enhancing the water for the next seven generations.”

Kenneth Francis, President of Kopit Lodge

Quick facts

  • The Kopit Lodge project will directly benefit Atlantic salmon, brook trout, Rainbow smelt and gaspereau. The partners include the Kouchibouguac National Park, the Friends of the Kouchibouguacis and Custom Research Ltd, the owner of the dam.

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Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Vincent Hughes
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada



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