The Government of Canada makes a significant Coastal Restoration Fund Investment for the inner Bay of Fundy through the Oceans Protection Plan
June 26, 2018
AULAC, 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 that will make our oceans and coasts safer, cleaner and healthier for the benefit of all Canadians and future generations.
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Beauséjour, announced today that Ducks Unlimited Canada will receive $1,010,000 over five years for a project to help restore coastal habitats in New Brunswick.
Ducks Unlimited Canada will work with its partners to improve access to fish habitat in the inner Bay of Fundy coastal rivers by removing barriers and using fish passage science to improve the performance of fish ladders and water control structures. This will allow more fish to pass barriers to upstream habitat and increase diversity, which in turn will have a positive impact on the health of the surrounding ecosystems.
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 supports projects that contribute to healthier habitats for fish 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 working hard to protect our marine environment for generations to come.
“Our government is committed to protecting our coasts – that’s why we’re implementing our Oceans Protection Plan, which allows us to work together to make our oceans and coasts safer, cleaner and healthier. 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 New Brunswick for future generations.”
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, P.C., C.P., Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Beauséjour
“Ducks Unlimited is pleased to be a partner with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans through the new Coastal Restoration Fund. This funding is instrumental in allowing Ducks Unlimited Canada and Acadia University to improve passage for a wide number of fish species as they move from marine environments into coastal freshwater river systems. This will be achieved by increasing connectivity on Bay of Fundy coastal rivers by removing barriers to fish passage and through improvements in the performance of fish ladders and tidal gates.
Kevin Harris, National Vice-President, Ducks Unlimited Canada
The Ducks Unlimited project will improve passage for several important fish species such as Atlantic salmon, gaspereau and American eel.
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