December 16, 2014 - Amherst, Nova Scotia
In Cumberland County, the federal government partnered with Ducks Unlimited Canada this summer to undertake important fish passage improvements along the Missaguash River. Member of Parliament Scott Armstrong, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, highlighted today the results of this collaboration. Through the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP) the Government of Canada committed $32,000 to support the conservation of fish habitat in Amherst, Nova Scotia.
As part of the National Conservation Plan, the RFCPP was created to restore Canada’s waterways and to ensure sustainability and ongoing productivity of our recreational fisheries. Given its success in ensuring a more coordinated approach to conservation efforts across the country, and the high demand, the Government of Canada increased the investment in the Economic Action Plan 2014 to a total of $25 million.
This partnership program contributes to the conservation and restoration of our country’s natural environment and connects Canadians to our rich natural heritage. Under the second round of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, up to $346,988 has been made available for 12 projects in Nova Scotia.
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has taken important steps to conserve and restore our country’s natural environment and connect Canadians to our rich natural heritage. Details about the program can be found on the Program’s Web site where you can also sign up for updates.
“The Recreational Fisheries Conservations Partnerships Program allows our Government to support an important economic sector while also ensuring sustainable fisheries. I would like to congratulate the proponents who applied under the first rounds of this program. Our Government is proud to support their work that will benefit Canadian communities for years to come.”
The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
“I am proud to be a member of a government who recognizes the vital role our recreational fisheries, play, both as part of our Canadian heritage and in supporting rural economies in communities much like Amherst, Nova Scotia. Together with our like-minded partners, we will continue to advocate for the restoration and conservation of fishing habitat across the nation.”
Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit
“Ducks Unlimited Canada is pleased to partner with DFO in the RFCPP program. This program has allowed us to undertake a number of fish passage enhancement projects that would not have been possible without this support.”
Tom Duffy, Manager of Provincial Operations for Ducks Unlimited Canada in Atlantic Canada
Phopto caption: MP Scott Armstrong with Rob Fraser, Tom Duffy and Gren Jones from Ducks Unlimited Canada at the announcement of Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program funding for Missaqaush River.
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