Government of Canada makes a Significant Coastal Restoration Fund Investment in British Columbia through the Oceans Protection Plan

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Steveston, British Columbia — Making our oceans and coasts safer, cleaner and healthier for all Canadians and future generations is a top priority for the Government of Canada.

The Member of Parliament for Delta, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced today that Ducks Unlimited Canada will be conducting a Coastal Restoration Fund project to help restore coastal habitats in the Fraser River Estuary of British Columbia.

This project will improve fish access to tidal marsh habitat in the South Arm of the Fraser River. In collaboration with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Ducks Unlimited Canada will be modifying existing sea dikes and flood control infrastructure that is currently impairing the ability of the area to provide habitat to fish. These actions will support juvenile Chinook salmon as they begin their seaward migration, in order to improve their early marine survival and contribute to the rebuilding of Pacific salmon populations.  Through the Government of Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan, Ducks Unlimited Canada will receive over $2 million over four years for the project.

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.

Launched in November 2016, the five year, $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan is the largest investment ever made to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways. Over the past two years, the Government of Canada has invested in hundreds of projects that are making our marine safety system stronger, and protecting our coastal environments and marine species more than ever before. Based on the latest science and technology, Indigenous partnerships and collaboration, these projects bring us closer to healthier, cleaner and safer oceans.

The Coastal Restoration Fund’s next public call for proposals was launched November 1, 2018, and outlines a more targeted approach to address the program’s remaining $13.6 million.  This call for proposals focuses on:

  • regional priority areas that have the greatest strategic value;
  • prioritizing regional activities with the greatest benefit to specific coastal ecosystems threats; and
  • reducing project size and funding in order to support more initiatives.

For further information please visit the Coastal Restoration Fund website at:  http://dfo-mpo.gc.ca/oceans/crf-frc/index-eng.html

Quotes

“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 Ducks Unlimited Canada will ensure healthy, thriving coastal habitats in British Columbia for future generations.”

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson

“Investing in projects that make our marine coastlines more sustainable is what Canadians want, and what our environment and marine species need. I am proud to see this funding come to British Columbia through the Coastal Restoration Fund, where it will improve the protection and restoration of coastal habitats for marine species that are vital to the region, from wild Pacific salmon to Southern Resident Killer Whales.”

The Member of Parliament for Delta, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough

“As the largest estuary along the BC Coast, the Fraser River is critical to internationally significant populations of salmon, waterfowl and shorebirds. This makes it a foundation for the cultural, social and economic livelihood of people in Vancouver, the BC Coast and Fraser River watershed.  Important Investments like this made by the DFO’s Coastal Restoration Fund will dramatically improve the health of Fraser River estuary and help maintain its biodiversity for years to come.”

CEO of Ducks Unlimited Canada, Karla Guyn

Quick facts

  • This project will assess methods of controlling invasive plants that negatively impact fish habitat in the Fraser Estuary.

  • Restoration work aims to reconnect marsh habitat that is currently alienated behind dikes in the  South Arm Marshes

  • Water control infrastructure on Gunn and Rose Kirkland Islands will be upgraded.

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Contacts

Jocelyn Lubczuk
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans
and the Canadian Coast Guard
343-548-7863
Jocelyn.lubczuk@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
613-990-7537
Media.xncr@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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