Canadian Government Launches Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program

ABOVE: ASF'S Charles Cusson speaks at the inauguration of the new Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program.

Editor's Note: For any organization wishing to apply to join this program, the application forms are available here.

June 18, 2013

Ottawa, Ontario -- Parliamentary Secretary Randy Kamp and Member of Parliament Robert Sopuck, on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that the Government is delivering on its commitment, as outlined in Economic Action Plan 2013, to support the protection, restoration and rebuilding of recreational fisheries habitat by officially launching the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada will make $10 million available over two years to support conservation activities through partnerships with local groups who will undertake a variety of projects to restore and protect recreational fisheries habitat. The Government is now accepting applications for projects to be undertaken over the next two years. Additional information about the program and application forms is available on the Department’s web site.

“Our Government recognizes the contribution local fisheries make to the Canadian economy, especially in rural areas. We will continue to work with our partners to protect Canada’s valuable and natural oceans, lakes and rivers for future generations,” said Parliamentary Secretary Kamp.

“The program will bring like-minded partners together and pool resources to support the common goal of conserving and protecting Canada’s recreational fisheries,” said MP Sopuck. “The partnership approach will make the most of joint resources, allowing results that would not otherwise be possible.”

“An incredibly important aspect to the recent changes to the Fisheries Act enables the Government to enter into better partnerships with third parties,” said Minister Ashfield. “Local people, on the ground, can protect and conserve fisheries and habitat better and more efficiently than any government. These are people who know what needs to be done and who have the will and drive to do it.”

Recreational fishing contributes significantly to the Canadian economy. In 2010, the recreational fishery generated $8.3 billion to local economies, an increase of 10% over 2005. A 2010 survey found that over 3.3 million adult anglers participated in a variety of recreational fishing activities in Canada, essentially the same number as in 2005. Anglers fished for over 43 million days. Almost 93% of activity occurred in fresh water. Canadian non-resident and foreign anglers made over two million trips within Canada in 2010.