The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced the approval of up to €1.9M funding for the protection of Canada’s aquatic species.
Nature is an integral part of Canadian identity. The health of our aquatic environment and the wildlife that inhabits it contributes to our culture and well-being, as well as to the economy of all of Canada. However, some species that live in the rivers, lakes, estuaries and marshes of the southern Prairies are at risk and need help to survive. We must act quickly to protect them.
Jonathan Wilkinson, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the approval of up to $ 2.9 million in funding from the Canada Wildlife Fund. Canada for aquatic species at risk. This funding will support projects in the southern Prairies to assess important habitats and improve the recovery of several aquatic species at risk and will be supported by partners actively engaged in species recovery and protection. aquatic hazards.
Target species will include Lake Sturgeon, Carmine Shiner, Largemouth Buffalo, Maple Leaf Mussel, Plains Minnow and Mountain Sucker. Funding will support recovery projects for aquatic habitat and aquatic species. A project would help restore habitat and improve fish passage in the Frenchman, Qu’Appelle and Morgan Creek watersheds. Another project would also encourage farmers and ranchers to improve ecosystems for aquatic species at risk in the southern Prairies, while a third project would aim to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species.
They are working with the Water Security Agency, the Invasive Species Centre and ALUS Canada to finalise project agreements. Specific details of the projects will be announced at a later date.
Jonathan Wilkinson comments: “the protection and recovery of species at risk is a shared responsibility. Due to the nature of the Fund Canada to aquatic species at risk, our government is working with groups in the southern prairies to fund good projects, that is to say those who have a real impact on the protection of our habitats and our aquatic species at risk. ”