Simcoe, ON – Member of Parliament Diane Finley, on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, is encouraging local angling, fishing and conservation groups to get their applications in for the newly established Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program. As outlined in Economic Action Plan 2013, Fisheries and Oceans Canada will make $10 million available over two years to support conservation activities through partnerships with local groups who will undertake a variety of projects to restore and protect recreational fisheries habitat.

“Recreational fishing is not only a cherished pastime for millions of Canadians, but also an important economic activity which attracts thousands of visitors from around the world and contributes billions of dollars to our economy every year,” said Mrs. Finley.

“The program will support the sustainability and ongoing productivity of Canada’s recreational fisheries by bringing like-minded partners together and pooling their resources to support the common goal of conserving and protecting Canada’s recreational fisheries. The partnership approach will make the most of joint resources, allowing results that would not otherwise be possible.”

The Government is now accepting applications for projects to be undertaken over the next two years. Additional information about the program and application forms is available on the Department’s website at: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/habitat/rfcpp-ppcpr/index-eng.asp.

The Government of Canada remains focused on four priorities, as outlined by the Prime Minister, that Canadians care most about: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and of course, their personal financial security.