Ottawa invests $6.6-million in Fundy National Park

The federal government is investing $6.6-million to support the restoration of Atlantic salmon in Fundy National Park, while streamlining operations with improvements to park infrastructure.

The announcement was made today by Alaina Lockhart, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna.

According to a press release, $1.8-million is being put up towards innovative techniques to restore the salmon population in the park that was listed as endangered under the Species at Risk Act in 2003.

Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, says, "During International Year of the Salmon, our government is working hard to protect wild Atlantic salmon. I am encouraged to see Parks Canada pilot innovative techniques to restore Atlantic salmon in the national park. We hope that in five years, salmon will run the Point Wolfe and Upper Salmon rivers again, spawning on their own. "

In addition, $4.8-million will be used to combine maintenance and storage facilities into one new energy efficient facility.