Durham MP Erin O’Toole Announces CLOCA as Recipient of Recreational Fisheries Conservation Project Grant
$50,000 awarded to Bowmanville Marsh Habitat Restoration Project
Bowmanville, ON – Member of Parliament Erin O’Toole, on behalf of Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that the Government has awarded $50,000 to the Bowmanville Marsh Habitat Restoration Project. Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA)’s project will focus on enhancing the overall health of Bowmanville Marsh as recommended by the Durham Region Coastal Wetland Monitoring Project.
Bowmanville Marsh is a 33-hectare Provincially Significant Coastal Wetland located on the north shore of Lake Ontario in the Municipality of Clarington within the Bowmanville/Westside Marshes Conservation Area, owned and managed by Central Lake Ontario Conservation. The workplan for the project includes installing habitat features using natural materials that will be assembled to create underwater structures to provide shelter, nursery and feeding opportunities for the fish community.
As part of the National Conservation Plan, The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP) was created to restore Canada’s waterways and to ensure sustainability and ongoing productivity of our recreational fisheries. Given its success in ensuring a more coordinated approach to conservation efforts across the country, and the high demand, the Government of Canada increased the investment in the Economic Action Plan 2014 to a total of $25 million.
Clarington was one of one of the first to receive a grant from the RFCPP in 2013 for the Valleys 2000 and the Bowmanville Creek Anglers Association’s creation of the Bowmanville Creek Fish Bypass Channel Project around the old Goodyear Dam on the Bowmanville Creek.
“CLOCA have been the stewards of the wetlands in Clarington for many years and their work has helped ensure the sustainability of the health of the Bowmanville Marsh for years to come”, said MP O’Toole. “The multiple investments in Clarington shows the important work done by this program, partnering the federal government with local conservation groups.”
- Details about the RFCPP can be found on the Program’s website: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pnw-ppe/rfcpp-ppcpr/index-eng.html