PICTOU, NS – July 17, 2015
Funding announced for six new PEI habitat conservation projects
Six groups are poised to receive up to $342,217 through the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP) to support the conservation of fish habitat on Prince Edward Island.
The six groups receiving the funding — Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association, Souris and Area Branch of the P.E.I. Wildlife Federation, Winter River-Tracadie Bay Watershed Association, Morell River Management Cooperative, Central Queens Branch of the P.E.I. Wildlife Federation and the South Shore Watershed Association — are working on a variety of habitat projects, from fish passages to reducing water extraction.
Both the Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association and the South Shore Watershed Association are working on fish passage projects. In Bedeque Bay, the project focuses on improving fish passage for both recreational and commercial fish species, while in the South Shore watershed the association is working to restore passages at two locations of the South Shore River.
The Souris and Area Branch of the P.E.I. Wildlife Federation continues its work to enhance recreational fisheries habitat for Hay River, Cow River, East Lake Creek, Mill Creek, Souris River and Fortune River.
The Morell River Management Cooperative project is for recreational fish species (Atlantic salmon, brook trout, smelts and alewives) in the watersheds of Bristol Creek, Morell River, Midgell River and St. Peters River, while work by the Central Queens Branch of the P.E.I. Wildlife Federation is targeting key habitat elements required by brook trout.
The Winter River-Tracadie Bay Watershed Association project is designed to reduce water extraction from the Winter River watershed, enhance cold water springs and improve fish access.
Nearly 30 community-based conservation projects like these, involving hundreds of volunteers across P.E.I., have benefitted from more than $1.2 million in support from the RFCPP since it was created in 2013.