June 18, 2013
St. Andrews, NB - The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) is pleased with Department of Fisheries and Oceans Minister Keith Ashfield’s announcement today that the Government will deliver on its commitment to support the protection, restoration, and rebuilding of recreational fisheries habitat across Canada, through the launch of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program. ASF and its 125 affiliated organizations look forward to participating in the program, to ensure the future of wild Atlantic salmon and their habitat throughout Atlantic Canada.
Speaking on behalf of ASF and its affiliates, Charles Cusson, ASF’s Director of Programs for Quebec, says that the new Recreational Fisheries Conservation Program could contribute to the protection and conservation of Canada’s recreational salmon fishery in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. “Putting dollars in the hands of community-based organizations will get the most bang for the buck through access to volunteer labour and in-kind contributions. Our local river organizations have been restoring fish habitat and fish passage for decades. Hopefully this funding will help them with this formidable task for the next two years and beyond,” says Cusson.
Fisheries and Oceans will make $10 million available over two years, and begins accepting applications for projects today. Bill Taylor, President of ASF, says that the funding is timely: “Our recreational fisheries are under a lot of pressure these days, especially our Atlantic salmon fisheries. By providing funding to local organizations for restoration and conservation, Minister Ashfield is recognizing the contribution that recreational fisheries make to Canada’s economy, while empowering the individuals, communities, and organizations whose livelihoods depend on them”.
A study by economists Gardner Pinfold estimated the total annual value for wild Atlantic salmon in Canada at $255 million in 2010, and the number of full-time equivalent jobs created annually at 3,872. “Wild Atlantic salmon and recreational angling make a significant contribution to our local economies, especially in rural Atlantic Canada. This new program enables our government to work more closely with the people who are on the ground towards the goal of healthy fish habitat that supports productive recreational fisheries”, says Cusson.
The Atlantic Salmon Federation is dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of wild Atlantic salmon and the ecosystems on which their well-being and survival depend. ASF has a network of seven regional councils (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Maine and Western New England). The regional councils cover the freshwater range of the Atlantic salmon in Canada and the United States.
Livia Goodbrand, Manager of Public Information: Lgoodbrand@asf.ca; 506-469-1033 (c)
Charles Cusson, Director, Quebec Programs: firstname.lastname@example.org; 514-926-1412 (c)