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Coastal Restoration Fund: Quebec Projects


Restoration of habitat connectivity for American eel

Recipient: Conseil de la Nation huronne-wendat

Project goal: To increase knowledge of the American eel's distribution and restore free passage for the eel between the St. Lawrence Estuary and several coastal watersheds in Quebec.

Time frame: 5 years

Fund allocation: $1,450,000

Partners:

Obstacle studied to evaluate the restoration of the free passage of the American eel.

Obstacle studied to evaluate the restoration of the free passage of the American eel.

Sampling to confirm the presence of eels.

Sampling to confirm the presence of eels.

Media announcement:

The Government of Canada is making a significant investment in restoring free passage of American eel between the St. Lawrence Estuary and several coastal watersheds in Quebec through the Coastal Restoration Fund under the Oceans Protection Plan


Monitoring and restoration of capelin habitats on the North Shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Recipient: Comité ZIP Côte-Nord du Golfe

Project goal: The project aims to improve knowledge of capelin breeding areas and to restore disturbed habitats in order to promote species reproduction and the juvenile growth.

Time frame: 5 years

Fund allocation: $756,000

Partners:

Historical fishing for capelin in, North Shore beach

Historical fishing for capelin in, North Shore beach

Rockfill at the top of a capelin beach in, the North Shore region

Rockfill at the top of a capelin beach in, the North Shore region

Media announcement:

The Government of Canada makes a significant investment to restore capelin breeding areas on the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence through the Coastal Restoration Fund under the Oceans Protection Plan


Restoration of the natural bed of two branches of the Petite Rivière Cascapédia

Recipient: Comité ZIP Gaspésie

Project goal: The project aims to develop and implement a restoration plan which will include the dismantling of structures and removal of embankments, as well as the restoration of the vegetation of the banks. This work will result in the restoration of two branches of the Petite Rivière Cascapédia to their natural state and allow for significant improvement in the quality of the estuary's ecosystem. The restoration plan will also identify other sources of fish habitat disruption in the estuary and provide recommendations for remedial actions to address them.

Time frame: 4 years

Fund allocation: $526,029

Partners:

Media announcement:

Government of Canada makes a significant Coastal Restoration Fund investment in coastal habitat restoration in the Gaspé through the Oceans Protection Plan


Fish restoration plan in the coastal habitats of the Charlevoix region

Recipient: Fondation de la Faune du Québec

Project goal: This project aims to improve knowledge of important fish habitats in the Charlevoix coastal area and to develop a restoration plan based on identified issues and action priorities. The restoration plan will focus on intertidal marshes, river estuaries and breeding habitats for forage species such as smelt and capelin.

Time frame: 2 years

Fund allocation: $45,060

Partners:

Coastal meadows in Charlevoix, municipality of Petite-Rivière-Saint-François

Coastal meadows in Charlevoix, municipality of Petite-Rivière-Saint-François

Coastal Meadows in Charlevoix, municipality of Petite-Rivière-Saint-François

Coastal Meadows in Charlevoix, municipality of Petite-Rivière-Saint-François

Media announcement:

The Government of Canada is investing in restoring the coastal habitats of Charlevoix through the Coastal Restoration Fund under the Oceans Protection Plan


Interventions on the Matane shoreline

Recipient: Groupe environnemental Uni-Vert région Matane

Project goal: The project consists of stabilizing coastal habitats in the Matane regional county municipality by using natural stabilization techniques to address problems with erosion.

This project will

Various stabilization techniques will be used according to the characteristics of each of the sites, in particular, the planting of lyme grass, and bioengineering.

Time frame: 4 years

Fund allocation: $371,122

Partners:

Results of planting sand ryegrass planting and stabilizing the shoreline stabilization by using soil bioengineering.

Results of planting sand ryegrass planting and stabilizing the shoreline stabilization by using soil bioengineering.

Example of planted sand ryegrass planting

Example of planted sand ryegrass planting

Media announcement:

Government of Canada makes a significant Coastal Restoration Fund investment in coastal habitat restoration in the Matane region through the Oceans Protection Plan


Restoration of coastal habitats on the south shore of the St. Lawrence Estuary

Beneficiary: Comité ZIP du Sud-de-l'Estuaire

Project objective: To restore five (5) coastal habitats on the south shore of the St. Lawrence Estuary (Isle-aux-Grues, Rivière-Ouelle, Notre-Dame-du-Portage, Trois-Pistoles and Saint-Ulric).

Time frame: 5 years

Funds invested: $2,377,503

Partners:

Increase habitat resilience by re-profiling the eroding low bluff and adding new beach sand in Rivière-Ouelle (Anse des Merciers).

Increase habitat resilience by re-profiling the eroding low bluff and adding new beach sand in Rivière-Ouelle (Anse des Merciers).

Example of beach redevelopment and revegetation. Photo credit: Sud-de-l'Estuaire ZIP Committee

Example of beach redevelopment and revegetation. Photo credit: Sud-de-l'Estuaire ZIP Committee

Fish sampling on the coast of Notre-Dame-du-Portage. Photo credit: Comité ZIP du Sud-de-l’Estuaire

Fish sampling on the coast of Notre-Dame-du-Portage. Photo credit: Comité ZIP du Sud-de-l’Estuaire

Press release:

Government of Canada makes a significant investment to restore the coastal habitats of five sectors on the south shore of the St. Lawrence Estuary


Joint action plan on coastal habitat restoration in Innu communities on the North Shore of the Estuary and the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Recipient: L'Agence Mamu Innu Kaikusseht

Project goal: The purpose of the project is to foster the restoration of degraded coastal habits deemed to be important or of interest for the Innu communities on the North Shore of the Estuary and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

MIK aims to foster avenues that will meet community priorities and CRF criteria, through an inclusive and thorough selection process for restoration activities to be implemented. As a result, the targeted projects will be supportive of participating communities, will focus on coastal and estuarine habitats, and will help to restore key habitats (salt marshes, eelgrass beds, shellfish beds, forage species beaches) and reduce habitat threats for species at risk or locally valued species.

Time frame: 4 years

Fund allocation: $1,200,000

Partners:

Media Announcement:

Government of Canada invests in the North Shore of Quebec through the Oceans Protection Plan


Restoration of important coastal habitat for the Mi'kmaq communities of Gespeg and Gesgapegiag and the Maliseet community of Viger in the Lower St. Lawrence and the Gaspésie area

Recipient: Association de gestion halieutique autochtone Mi'gmaq et Malécite

Project goal: This project will involve the identification and prioritization of restorations sites in the targeted areas. Project planning and implementation will include the characterization of restoration measures to be implemented to effectively restore the selected sites and ensure the continuity of the measures taken. This project also aims to increase the Association de gestion halieutique autochtone Mi'gmaq et Malécite's habitat restoration capacity within the communities of Gespeg, Gesgapegiag, and Viger.

Time frame: 4 years

Fund allocation: $800,000

Partners:

Media Announcement:

The Mi'gmaq Maliseet Aboriginal Fisheries Management Association is forging ahead with sustainable, innovative management of marine resources


Wetland construction, restoration and monitoring in the Restigouche River Estuary

Recipient: Listuguj Mi'gmaq Government

Project goal: This project aims to offset the impacts of urban run-off directly by reducing urban shoreline erosion and indirectly by increasing available habitats for fish species. It will increase the areas of wetland habitats to promote species diversity and abundances by improving wetland habitat and food sources. More so, it will have a direct benefit to American eel, a threatened species in Canada (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada), who use the areas for shelter and feeding.

Time frame: 3 year

Fund allocation: $230,000

Partners:

Media Announcement:

Government of Canada invests in aquatic habitat through the Oceans Protection Plan


Rehabilitation of the Comeau Creek Estuary: planning for restoration work

Recipient: Comité Zone d’interventions Prioritaire de la Rive Nord de l’Estuaire

Project goal: The purpose of the project is to collect additional data to finalize the development concept in order to plan the restoration work to be carried out in the Comeau Creek Estuary. A restoration project would provide a range of solutions for human and environmental problems. The restored habitat would boost the biological productivity of Comeau Bay. Salt marshes are among the most productive ecosystems in our latitudes and their rapid plant growth generates a large amount of nutrients and food. These marshes promote an increase in the biomass of local microorganisms, invertebrates, fish and seabirds. In terms of the fish fauna, according to observations made in neighbouring marshes, this habitat could serve as a spawning, nursery and feeding area for various forage fish species, including sticklebacks (3 species) and banded killifish, which are an important food source for predators inhabiting the St. Lawrence. Species of importance from the standpoint of conservation and fisheries may forage in the estuary channels. These species include the American eel, striped bass, and Atlantic salmon. The restoration of the Comeau Creek Estuary would also enhance the site located in the historic core of the city of Baie-Comeau.

Time frame: 1 year

Fund allocation: $50,000

Partners:

Media Announcement:

Government of Canada invests in aquatic habitat through the Oceans Protection Plan


Integrating local and scientific knowledge into the restoration of ecologically valuable coastal ecosystems in the estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence

Recipient: University of Quebec Rimouski

Project goal: The purpose of this project is to restore habitats of high ecological value, such as eelgrass beds, coastal marshes and sandy ecosystems (spits and tombolos with dunes) in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (Magdalen Islands). The project will be carried out by a team with diverse expertise (geomorphology and coastal hydrodynamics, development, restoration and ecology) and will be supported by local partners. The University of Quebec Rimouski, in collaboration with the University of Quebec Chicoutimi, will provide scientific monitoring and participate in identifying restoration approaches. Attention FragÎles will ensure the coordination and implementation of restoration measures in collaboration with local partners, in particular the Comité ZIP des Îles-de-la-Madeleine and the Magdalen Islands maritime community.

Time frame: 3 years

Fund allocation: $555,000

Partners:

Media Announcement:

Government of Canada invests in aquatic habitat through the Oceans Protection Plan


Development of the Saguenay Coastal Ecosystem Restoration Plan, intertidal shorelines and marshes

Recipient: Comité ZIP Saguenay–Charlevoix

Project goal: The project involves establishing preparatory steps for planning shoreline restoration in the Middle Saguenay, that is, the portion of the Saguenay River between the mouth of the Rivière aux Sables and the spit in the municipality of Saint-Fulgence. This is the only stretch of the Saguenay that has favourable freshwater and tidal conditions supporting concentration and breeding habitat for rainbow smelt (Osmerus).

Time frame: 1 year

Fund allocation: $50,000

Partners:

Media Announcement:

Government of Canada invests in aquatic habitat through the Oceans Protection Plan


Restoration of fish habitat in the St. George Canal in Port-Menier, Anticosti Island

Recipient: Comité ZIP Côte-Nord du Golfe

Project goal: Fish habitat restoration in the Saint-Georges Canal in Port-Menier, Anticosti Island is a 3-year project that aims to re-establish fish habitat connectivity between the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Lake Saint-Georges, as well as restore the quality of the artificial channel that runs through the village. Lake Saint-Georges and the Saint-Georges Canal were constructed in connection with the establishment of the village of Baie-Ellis, by Henri Menier in the early 20th century, for hydroelectric generation and timber transportation. These facilities no longer perform their original functions and are deteriorating quickly: rapid erosion of the banks is occurring, the first dam is in a state of disrepair, and there is a pre-designed fishway that was never completed. These damaged or dilapidated structures represent obstacles to the free movement of fish.

Time frame: 3 years

Fund allocation: $505,000

Partners:

Media Announcement:

Government of Canada invests in aquatic habitat through the Oceans Protection Plan


Mitigation of the impacts of coastal jamming by the restoration of a contained coastal marsh

Recipient: Comité ZIP Sud-de-l’Estuaire

Project goal: The target area is located in the municipality of Saint-André-de-Kamouraska on the south shore of the middle estuary. Recognized as an area with very high ecological potential, it includes a vast 6.4-hectare (ha) coastal marsh with lower (3 ha) and upper (3.4 ha) levels. The marsh is a feeding, breeding, transition and refuge area for many species. Several fish species with special status can be found here, including rainbow smelt, striped bass, American eel, American shad and Atlantic sturgeon. This area is also part of the Banc de la Rivière-du-Loup, an area of significant productivity and biodiversity.

Time frame: 3 years

Fund allocation: $410,000

Partners:

Media Announcement:

Government of Canada invests in aquatic habitat through the Oceans Protection Plan

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