For Immediate Release
July 2, 2015
Valemount, BC- Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson- Cariboo, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, highlighted today the Government of Canada’s investment in the conservation of fish habitat on Swift Creek.
Through the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP), the British Columbia Conservation Foundation will receive up to $436,000 to support the conservation of fish habitat on Swift Creek.
Part of the National Conservation Plan, the RFCPP was created in 2013 to restore Canada’s recreational fisheries habitat and to support the sustainability and ongoing productivity of our recreational fisheries. The program proved immediately successful, prompting the Government of Canada to increase its investment through Economic Action Plans 2014 and 2015 to a total of $55 million until 2018-2019.
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 RFCPP can be found on the RFCPP Web site.
“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 of this program. We are supporting groups from across the country who are undertaking restoration projects that will benefit their communities for years to come.” The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
“Hard working organizations like the British Columbia Conservation Foundation are the foundation of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program. Our government will continue to advocate for recreational fishing, an important economic activity which contributes billions to our economy and is a part of our heritage. Together with our like-minded partners, we recognize the importance of protecting and restoring fishing habitat for generations to come.” Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo
"The two Swift Creek Restoration projects are significant for the future of Chinook, coho and sockeye salmon in the region because they will improve the overall fish spawning and rearing habitat, including a specific section of the Creek that is critically important for the passage of fish to and from their spawning grounds. We are pleased to be able to invest some of the proceeds from the federal Salmon Conservation Stamp into these projects and want to thank MPs Cathy Mcleod and Bob Zimmer for their support for salmon conservation in their ridings and in Ottawa." Brian Riddell, CEO and president of the Pacific Salmon Foundation
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