OTTAWA — Funding applications for the second phase of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program are now being accepted.
The federal government is making $10 million available over two years to support conservation activities through partnerships with local groups who will undertake a variety of projects to restore recreational fisheries habitat. About 100 projects were approved for up to $6.4 million in funding, in the first round of applications this summer.
DFO will accept applications for funding from until Dec. 18.
Additional program information, as well as the application form and guidelines, are available at www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/habitat/rfcpp-ppcpr/index-eng.asp.
Recreational fishing contributes significantly to the Canadian economy.
In 2010, anglers generated $8.3 billion, an increase of 10 per cent 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 per cent of activity occurred in fresh water. Canadian non-resident and foreign anglers made over two million trips within Canada in 2010.