Fed­eral fund­ing ‘pos­i­tive’

Projects in­volve con­ser­va­tion of fish habi­tat

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

Six Prince Ed­ward Is­land habi­tat con­ser­va­tion projects will re­ceive up to $342,217 in fed­eral fund­ing.

“Recre­ational fish­eries are a big part of life in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and con­trib­ute to lo­cal economies at var­i­ous lev­els,” said-Dale MacIs­sac, Morell River Man­age­ment Co-op­er­a­tive Lim­ited board chair­man. The in­vest­ments “will, with­out a doubt, have a pos­i­tive im­pact on fish habi­tat and the long-term sus­tain­abil­ity of recre­ational fish­eries on P.E.I.”

The work in­cludes a pro­ject by the Bed­eque Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion aimed at im­prov­ing fish pas­sage for both recre­ational and com­mer­cial fish species. The Souris & Area Branch of the P.E.I. Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion pro­ject is to en­hance recre­ational fish­eries habi­tat for Hay, Cow, Souris and For­tune rivers as well as East Lake Creek and Mill Creek.

The Win­ter River-Tra­cadie Bay Wa­ter­shed As­so­ci­a­tion’s pro­ject aims to re­duce wa­ter ex­trac­tion from the Win­ter River wa­ter­shed, en­hance cold wa­ter springs and im­prove fish ac­cess.

The Morell River Man­age­ment Co-op­er­a­tive pro­ject is for recre­ational fish species in the wa­ter­sheds of Bristol Creek, Morell, Midgell and St. Peters rivers.

Work by the Cen­tral Queens Branch of the P.E.I. Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion tar­gets key habi­tat el­e­ments re­quired by brook trout while the South Shore Wa­ter­shed As­so­ci­a­tion work is to re­store fish pas­sage at two lo­ca­tions of the South Shore River. The fund­ing is com­ing through recre­ational fish­eries con­ser­va­tion part­ner­ships pro­gram.

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