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$175,000 for Quebec Recreational Fish Habitat Conservation

Posted on December 23, 2016

The province of Quebec will receive $175,000 in federal funding for the ongoing conservation of recreational fish habitat in Saint–Jacques-de-Leeds.

The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP) funds habitat restoration projects for fish affected by recreational fisheries led by recreational fishing and angling groups, conservation organizations and Aboriginal groups, the goal of which is to restore and rehabilitate fish habitat in Canada.

Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced that Canada will invest $175,000 in the development and enhancement of the Osgood River: Phase 5 recreational fish habitat conservation project in Saint–Jacques-de-Leeds, Quebec.

“The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program brings Canadians together to conserve and protect the future of our recreational fishing. Shared stewardship of our cherished tradition of recreational fishing is something all Canadians can take pride in,” said Minister LeBlanc.

Volunteers who have participated in previous rehabilitation phases of the Osgood Riverbank and have improved 34,096 square metres of Brook Trout habitat.

Recreational fisheries face many environmental challenges, and habitat loss is the most common threat. The RFCPP provides funding to local and community partners to enable them to restore, rebuild, and rehabilitate Canadian recreational fisheries habitat.

The fifth phase of the Osgood River watershed development and enhancement project, implemented by the Groupe de concertation des bassins versants de la zone Bécancour (GROBEC), is to improve the quality of Brook Trout habitat. The work performed includes 26 weirs, 2 double deflectors, 22 single deflectors, and 7 underbank shelters in Craig Creek and the Osgood River. These improvements will diversify Brook Trout habitat and provide the conditions necessary for all stages of the life cycle of the species, including spawning, feeding and protection.

The Government of Canada is also taking action to protect the waters of Canada’s three coasts with the recent announcement of a $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan. The Plan will improve marine safety, protect our marine environment, and create stronger partnerships with Indigenous and coastal communities.

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