Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk- Arctic, Manitoba, and Alberta Projects 


As part of the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is providing up to $6.1 million in funding to support four projects to help restore and protect aquatic ecosystems in the Arctic, Manitoba and Alberta.


Fishing Interactions / Physical and Acoustic Disturbance Priority Threats

  • The Wildlife Conservation Society Canada will receive up to $1,118,491 for assessing and managing acoustic disturbance to Bowhead whales. The research project is on passive acoustic monitoring for Bowhead whales, acoustic tags, and model development.


Southern Prairies Priority Area

  • Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development will receive up to $370,000 for a research project to continue monitoring acoustically tagged Lake Sturgeon that had been stocked (in 2015) into the Assiniboine River. They will also seek out Bigmouth Buffalo in this river system and investigate ox-bows for spawning and nursery habitat.


Rocky Mountains’ Eastern Slopes Priority Area

  • Alberta Environment and Parks will receive up to $5,624,536 over five years for multi-species, multi-partner, stewardship implementation with research supporting the protection and recovery of native trout species in Alberta.

November 2020

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