Government of Canada Invests in New Brunswick’s Eastern Shore through the Oceans Protection Plan

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The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, along with the local Member of Parliament for Miramichi — Grand Lake, Pat Finnigan and Chief George Ginnish
The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, along with the local Member of Parliament for Miramichi — Grand Lake, Pat Finnigan and Chief George Ginnish make a Coastal Restoration Fund announcement in Eel Ground, New Brunswick.

January 19, 2019
Eel Ground, New Brunswick
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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 Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, along with the local Member of Parliament for Miramichi — Grand Lake, Pat Finnigan and Chief George Ginnish, announced today that Anqotum Resource Management in collaboration with Homarus Inc will receive $1.7 million over four years to restore coastal habitats along the eastern shore of New Brunswick thanks to funding under the Ocean Protection Plan.   

The eastern shore of New Brunswick is an ecologically significant region. It serves as feeding grounds for herring and mackerel while providing refuge for feeding and spawning of many species such as lobster.

The investment announced today will fund the purchase, installation and monitoring of up to 40,000 artificial reefs units in Miramichi Bay. An artificial reef is a specially-designed rectangular concrete block with  openings at the bottom that provide safe shelter for important species that are found on the ocean floor such as rock crab, mussels and algae. The reefs will have an important impact on the ecosystem because they provide shelter and diversity habitat for these types of species.

At the height of the work for this project, this investment will create sixteen jobs in the community. Indigenous participants will receive training on the installation of artificial reefs and on monitoring their effectiveness.

In May 2017, the Government of Canada announced the $75 million Coastal Restoration Fund, under the Oceans Protection Plan, 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.

Over the past two years, the Government of Canada has invested in three Coastal Restoration Fund projects in New Brunswick, 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. These projects are the following :

  • Ducks Unlimited Canada has received $1,010,000 dollars over five years for a project to help restore coastal habitats in New Brunswick
  • Kopit Lodge (Elsipogtog First Nation) has received $1,306,736 over five years for a project to help restore coastal habitats in South-East New Brunswick
  • Passamaquoddy Recognition Group (Peskotomuhkati First Nation) has received $1,656,000 over five years for a project to help restore coastal habitats in South-West New Brunswick.

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 Anqotum Resource Management will ensure healthy, thriving coastal habitats on New Brunswick’s Eastern Shore for future generations.”

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

“Today’s announcement is great news for our coastal communities throughout New Brunswick’s eastern shore. This investment from the Government of Canada will help restore coastal habitats in this region as well as foster collaboration between partners. The investment announced today will have a tangible impact on the ecosystem, and will create sixteen jobs, right here in our community.”

Pat Finnigan, Member of Parliament for Miramichi — Grand Lake

"Anqotum is pleased to be a partner in the implementation of such an innovative program. The artificial reef project focuses on capacity building, technology transfer, combining resources and strengthening relationships with all stakeholders, mainly with Homarus Inc. who is our primary contractor. Going forward, Anqotum Resource Managment will lead, implement and monitor the reefs in these vital fishing grounds while witnessing the improvements to the health of several culturally significant species and their habitat. "

Chief George Ginnish, CEO of North Shore Micmac District Council (NSMDC) - Anqotum Resource Management

Quick facts

  • The North Shore Micmac District Council (NSMDC) is an Indigenous Tribal Council located in Northeastern New Brunswick. The NSMDC provides programs and services to the communities and established an Aboriginal Aquatic Resources and Oceans Management Program - Anqotum Resource Management (ARM) in 2007 - with a mandate for capacity building, collaboration and strengthening relationships.

  • Homarus Inc. is a non-profit research and development organization created by the Maritime Fishermen's Union (MFU) in 2001 whose mission is to develop tools to ensure the sustainability of the lobster resource and its fishery.

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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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