Petition to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
The Government of Canada has committed to renewing and modernizing the fish and fish habitat protections under the Fisheries Act, its policies and programs;
These commitments include the restoration of fish habitat, as well as collaboration with Indigenous and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) who are interested in watershed planning, assessment, restoration and monitoring of fish habitat;
NGOs possess expertise, a capacity to independently fund raise and the desire to build broad partnerships to restore fish habitat and increase species populations;
The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program (RFCPP), which is managed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), is directed towards the preservation and restoration of freshwater fish habitats and achieves its aims by working collaboratively with like-minded NGOs from across the country;
Ongoing support by DFO to the RFCPP has significantly contributed to the education, environmental awareness and stewardship of a valued sustainable natural resource;
Collective participation by the Government of Canada and its citizens will ensure that fish populations and their habitats are protected for future generations; and
Funding to the RFCPP is scheduled to end in 2018.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada and watershed based organizations, call upon the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard to continue funding support for existing conservation programs such as the RFCPP, and to continue to commit to being a full partner to this important initiative by providing freshwater habitat funding and expertise to this program.
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