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Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program

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Activities directly related to rebuilding, restoring or rehabilitating recreational fisheries habitat in Canada are eligible for RFCPP funding. The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program funds many different types of restoration projects. Examples of commonly-funded projects include:

Stream, Lake and Floodplain Habitat Restoration:

  • Construction of instream rock and/or natural wood structures to restore or enhance fish habitat.
  • Construction of instream sediment management structures to improve fish habitat.
  • Construction or restoration of undercut banks and other stream refuge habitats for fish.
  • Construction or restoration of refuge or rearing cover structures in lakes.
  • Placement of spawning gravels in streams.
  • Enhancement of spawning shoals in lakes.
  • Restoration of floodplain channels, ponds and/or wetlands.

Fish Access Improvements:

  • Removal of natural or abandoned, manmade obstructions to fish passage.
  • Construction or repair of fish bypass channels around obstructions to fish passage.
  • Removal, repair, replacement or modification of culverts to provide fish passage.
  • Deactivation and restoration of abandoned stream crossings that limit fish passage.

Stream Channel and Bank Erosion Control and Stabilization:

  • Bioengineering and planting of native species to reinforce or stabilize stream banks and/or stabilize instream sand and gravel bars.
  • Riparian planting using native species.
  • Livestock exclusion fencing in conjunction with riparian planting and suitable buffer strips.

Ocean Habitat Restoration and Enhancement:

  • Bioengineering and planting of native species to reinforce or stabilize eroding shorelines.
  • Restoration of inter-tidal and sub-tidal plant communities.
  • Removal of abandoned, manmade structures that negatively impact fish habitat.

Chemical Manipulations to Improve Water Quality:

  • Aeration
  • Liming

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To be eligible for RFCPP funding, the total cash support for the project from all levels of government combined (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal) cannot exceed 75% of the total project value. In addition, no more than 50% of the project’s total budget can be cash support from the federal government.

Click here for more information. In Newfoundland and Labrador, contact the regional office at RFCPP-PPCPR.NL@dfo-mpo.gc.ca at your earliest convenience to discuss projects.

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