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Federal money to go toward recreational fishing programs

By Mark Hodgins

The federal government is providing money to municipal fisheries across Canada this year as part of the Economic Action Plan.

The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Program will see $10 million divvied up among municipal fisheries and marinas in an attempt to boost that aspect of the economy.

Prince Edward-Hastings MP Daryl Kramp said in a news release Tuesday that recreational fishing plays a large role in the economy.

“Recreational fishing is not only a cherished pastime for our communities, but also an important economic activity which attracts thousands of visitors from around the world and contributes to our economy every year.”

Kramp said that the industry is worth a staggering $8 billion in Canada.  It is one of the country’s largest tourist attractions, and that holds true for the Belleville area.

“Recreation and the economy are not isolated,” said Kramp.

The money would be used for many things, like expanding hatcheries, docking and marketing.  Kramp said that in this area, it could be used to market the Bay of Quinte walleye tournament that takes place every year.

Each project, if approved for funding, would likely receive anywhere from $20,000 to $100,000 to work with.  Kramp said that any more would be unrealistic because the money needs to be spread across the country.

He is hoping to receive applications for funding from local fisheries and marinas before the July 12 deadline, and is more than willing to speak to any group interested in funding.