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:

  • Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs
  • Québec City
  • Corporation du bassin de la Jacques-Cartier
  • Organisme des bassins versants de la Capitale
  • Organisme de bassins versants Charlevoix Montmorency
  • Organisme de bassin versant du Saguenay
  • Corporation d'aménagement et de protection de la rivière Sainte-Anne
  • Société d'aménagement et de mise en valeur du bassin de la Batiscan
  • Bassin Versant Saint-Maurice
  • Conseil de bassin de la rivière Etchemin
  • Organisme de bassins versants de la zone du Chêne
  • Organisme des Bassins Versants de la Côte-du-Sud
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:

  • L'Agence Mamu Innu Kaikusseht
  • Université du Québec à Rimouski
  • St. Lawrence Global Observatory
  • World Wildlife Fund Canada
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:

  • The Town of New Richmond
  • Organisme de bassin versant Matapédia-Restigouche
  • The Mi'gmaq Maliseet Aboriginal Fisheries Management Association
  • ZEC Cascapédia (Association des pêcheurs sportifs des rivières Cascapédia inc.)
  • ZEC Bonaventure (Association des pêcheurs sportifs de la rivière Bonaventure)
  • Conseil régional de l'Environnement Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine
  • The Rotary Club
  • Activa Environnement Inc.
  • Rhéal Pitre Sports
  • Stratégies Saint-Laurent

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:

  • Comité ZIP Saguenay-Charlevoix
  • OBV Charlevoix-Montmorency
  • MRC de Charlevoix
  • MRC de Charlevoix-Est
  • First Nations communities
  • Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals
  • Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park
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

  • conserve important coastal habitats for the forage fish species of the St. Lawrence Estuary, including the beaches used by the capelin for reproduction
  • promote sediment accumulation on beaches, which will reduce habitat loss in future storms

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:

  • Comité ZIP du Sud-de-l'Estuaire
  • Conseil régional de l'environnement du Bas-Saint-Laurent
  • Firme Parages
  • Municipalité régionale de comté de la Matanie
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:

  • Université du Québec à Rimouski
  • Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs
  • Environment Canada
  • Nature Conservancy of Canada
  • The municipalities of Rivière-Ouelle, Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, Notre-Dame-du-Portage and Saint-Ulric
  • Uni-Vert environmental group, Matane region
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:

  • Première Nation des Innus d'Essipit
  • Innus de Pessamit
  • Innus Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani-Utenam
  • Innus de Ekuanitshit
  • Innus de Nutashkuan
  • Innus d'Unamen Shipu
  • Innus de Pakuashipi

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:

  • Nation Mi'gmaq de Gespeg
  • Micmacs of Gesgapegiag
  • Première Nation Malécite de Viger

Media Announcement:

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

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