Coastal Restoration Fund: Projects in New Brunswick


Restoration of the Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) in four rivers of North Kent County, New Brunswick

Recipient: Kopit Lodge

Project goal: This project focuses on re-establishing habitat connectivity and restoring key habitats in four rivers of North Kent County – the Richibucto, Kouchibouguacis, Kouchibouguac, and Black Rivers.

The Northumberland Strait (and Gulf of St. Lawrence) is a coastal restoration priority area for DFO, and these rivers represent a large portion of important coastal watersheds in the area. Improved habitat connectivity will directly benefit Atlantic salmon, brook trout, and other species such as rainbow smelt and gaspereau.

Time frame: 5 years

Fund allocation: $1,306,736

Partners:

  • Parks Canada - Kouchibouguac National Park
  • Friends of the Kouchibouguacis
  • Custom Research Ltd

Media Announcement:

Government of Canada makes a significant Coastal Restoration Fund investment in Southeast New Brunswick through the Oceans Protection Plan


Improving connectivity on Bay of Fundy coastal river systems through barrier removal and the application of fish passage science to improve the performance of fish ladders and tidal gates

Recipient: Ducks Unlimited Canada

Project goal: The project's objectives are aimed at increasing connectivity on two coastal river systems in the upper Bay of Fundy. Activities will include barrier removal and improvements to the performance of an existing fish ladder.

This project includes the advancement of fish passage design to benefit a wide range of fish species including Atlantic salmon, alewife, blueback herring and American eel. Assessment will also be carried out on the importance of marine nutrients transferred from migrating anadromous fish to freshwater coastal environments and the impacts of barriers to fish passage on nutrient exchange.

Time frame: 5 years

Fund allocation: $1,010,000

Partners:

  • Acadia University
  • Irving Oil Limited
  • Canadian Wildlife Service
  • EOS Eco-Energy
  • Mi'Kmaw Conservation Group
  • Fort Folly Habitat Recovery Team

Media Announcement:

The Government of Canada makes a significant Coastal Restoration Fund Investment for the inner Bay of Fundy through the Oceans Protection Plan


Quoddy Region River, Estuary and Coastal Restoration Action Plan

Recipient: Passamaquoddy Recognition Group

Project goal: This project will restore habitat and ecosystems on the Skutik, Waweig, Magaguadavic and Letang rivers of New Brunswick. This project aims to restore key species migration to their native spawning grounds, improved quality of those spawning grounds and other habitats, and strengthened human relationships in the region to ensure long-term sustainability of project aims. It is anticipated that this project will positively impact a number of key species, including the Atlantic and Shortnose Sturgeon, Striped Bass, Atlantic Salmon, and American Eel.

Time frame: 5 years

Fund allocation: $1,656,000

Partners:

  • Eastern Charlotte Waterways
  • Conservation Council of New Brunswick – Fundy Baykeeper
  • Alex Hoar
  • Charles Verrill

Media Announcement:

Government of Canada makes a significant coastal restoration fund Investment in South-West New Brunswick through the Oceans Protection Plan


Development of a Coastal Restoration Program for New Brunswick

Recipient: Anqotum Resource Management

Project goal: Anqotum Resource Management, in collaboration with Homarus Inc will purchase, install and monitor up to 40,000 artificial reefs units in Miramichi Bay. An artificial reef is a specially-designed rectangular concrete block with openings at the bottom that provide safe shelter for important species that are found on the ocean floor such as rock crab, mussels and algae. The reefs will have an important impact on the ecosystem because they provide shelter and diversity habitat for these types of species. At the height of the work for this project, this investment will create 16 jobs in the community. Indigenous participants will receive training on the installation of artificial reefs and on monitoring their effectiveness.

Time frame: 4 years

Fund allocation: $1,700,000

Partners:

  • Homarus Inc.
The crew loading a pallet of concrete artificial reefs onto the boat. © Nelson Cloud

The crew loading a pallet of concrete artificial reefs onto the boat. © Nelson Cloud

Fisherman is waiting for the signal that the boat is over the correct location to unload the artificial reef onto the sea floor. Pictured Leonard Alexander. © Nelson Cloud

Fisherman is waiting for the signal that the boat is over the correct location to unload the artificial reef onto the sea floor. Pictured Leonard Alexander. © Nelson Cloud

Media Announcement:

Government of Canada Invests in New Brunswick's Eastern Shore through the Oceans Protection Plan

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