Ottawa grants $4.5 million for Quebec’s fisheries sector

The MP for Gaspésie and the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Diane Lebouthillier, was in Rivière-au-Renard on Tuesday to make the announcement, on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Custody. coast of Canada, Joyce Murray.

With these contributions, Fisheries and Oceans Canada aims to improve the efficiency, quality and sustainable development of the Quebec fishing industry.

so-called projects excluding maritime sectorssuch as technical projects or research work relating to fisheries, are also part of the funded projects.

The Minister of National Revenue, Diane Lebouthillier (archives)

Photo: Radio-Canada / Guillaume Whalen

Some fishing sectors are in difficulty and we see it with the warming of the oceans, it comes to play and it creates challenges for the industry. Scientific partnerships allow us to have conclusive data in order to be better informed and to be able to protect the stocks of maritime resourcesexplains Minister Lebouthillier.

With today’s announcement, we see that we are projecting ourselves into the present, but also into the future. »

A quote from Diane Lebouthillier, MP for Gaspésie and Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister of National Revenue

We see over the years that we have more and more requests for the fisheries fund and this enthusiasm proves that it is useful, adds the MP.

This contribution from Ottawa is part of the envelope of the Quebec Fisheries Fund.

The Quebec Fisheries Fund

The Fisheries Fund is a joint financial contribution program between the Government of Canada and Quebec. Ottawa finances 70% of this program and Quebec 30%. The Fund amounts to $42.8 million and this amount is invested over 5 years in the Quebec fisheries sector.

47 projects supported

In Gaspésie and Bas-Saint-Laurent, $1.3 million will be granted for 26 projects. The vast majority of those in Gaspésie are found in Rivière-au-Renard.

Last fall, the Gaspé had already received more than a million dollars from the Fisheries Fund to support its fisheries.

In the Magdalen Islands, nearly $1.5 million is allocated to five projects, that of the Magdalen Islands Coastal Fishermen’s Association, the Cap Dauphin Fishermen’s Cooperative and the Rassemblement des Fishermen and women from the coasts of the Islands were selected by Fisheries and Oceans Canada for a contribution.

On the North Shore, the contribution amounts to nearly one million dollars and involves 13 projects. That of the Innu First Nation of Nutashkuan receives the largest funding, close to $260,000. It aims to obtain data on the abundance of lobsters in certain areas of the North Shore in order to assess the potential for the development of commercial fishing in this sector.

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