COLEMAN CORNER -- Fisheries and Oceans Canada minister Gail Shea announced nearly $200,000 in Federal funding Friday for seven projects aimed at conserving fish habitat in watersheds across Prince Edward Island.
Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea meets with representatives of watershed groups her government is funding for fish habitat conservation projects across Prince Edward Island. Front row from left are Tracy Brown, Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association; Minister Shea; Tom Duffy, Ducks Unlimited; back row, Dale Cameron, Trout Unlimited Prince County; David Cody, Kensington North Watershed Association. Dr. David Crocker, Cascumpec Bay Watershed Association and Fred Cheverie, Souris Wildlife Federation.
The funding is in keeping with the National Conservation Plan, which the federal government launched May 15. Shea said its intent is to provide a more coordinated approach to conservation efforts nationwide.
The projects will allow for improving fish passage for MacLeod’s Pond and Valleyfield River, restoration work along the Dunk River, targeted habitat restoration for four Kings County watersheds, habitat restoration in Profit’s Pond and Long Creek, improved fish passage on the Souris River and fish habitat enhancement in the Winter River.
Watershed groups, including Ducks Unlimited and Trout Unlimited were in attendance for the funding announcement, held at the David Biggar Interpretative Centre at Trout River.
The late Dave Biggar, Shea reflected as she spoke from a podium in front of a large photograph of the watershed conservation pioneer, “realized that preserving the precious habitat that supports the fish is imperative, and some would say he was ahead of his time.”
The new conservation plan, Shea said insures the protection, restoration and sustainability of the fish habitat happens. “It provides a coordinated approach to conservation across the country, and it’s about conserving ecologically sensitive lands and wetlands, and it is about restoring ecosystems and connecting Canadians to nature, and I think Dave would approve these goals.”