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The Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans official launched the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program today.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada will make $10 million available over two years to support conservation activities through partnerships with local groups that undertake projects to restore and protect recreational fisheries habitat.

“Our Government recognizes the contribution local fisheries make to the Canadian economy, especially in rural areas. We will continue to work with our partners to protect Canada’s valuable and natural oceans, lakes and rivers for future generations,” said Parliamentary Secretary Kamp.

Angelo Lombardo, Executive Director of the Ontario Federation of Anglers was impressed by the news. “The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is pleased that new money has been allocated for a national program that recognizes the importance of outdoors traditions, specifically recreational fishing,” he said.

Recreational fishing contributes significantly to the Canadian economy.

In 2010, the recreational fishery generated $8.3 billion to local economies, an increase of 10% over 2005. A 2010 survey found that over 3.3 million adult anglers participated in a variety of recreational fishing activities in Canada.

The Government is now accepting applications for projects. Additional information about the program and application forms is available on the department’s website.