Parks Canada announces restoration of clam beds in Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada



    KOUCHIBOUGUAC, NB, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - The Honourable John Baird, Minister of
the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced a
program to further restore clam beds in Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada
as part of Parks Canada's efforts to ensure long-term protection of the clam
fishery.
    "This special one-year initiative will enable Parks Canada to build on
past efforts regarding the management and conservation of the clam stocks
within Kouchibouguac National Park in order to support traditional clam
harvesting," said Minister Baird. "This program will also provide relief to
the members of the Kouchibouguac Commercial Clam Fishermen Association Inc.,
who have not been able to harvest clams because of the closure of the
fishery."
    Parks Canada will also evaluate innovative models for managing the clam
resources within the Park. The Agency will explore opportunities to link clam
harvesting to heritage presentation and education activities, involving
hands-on memorable experiences for visitors.
    This project will be carried out over the next few months. Parks Canada
will also continue monitoring the capacity of the clam beds to sustain
harvesting, with a possible re-opening in 2008, providing conservation and
protection measures are in place.




For further information:

For further information: Claude DeGrâce, A/Field Unit Superintendent,
Northern New Brunswick Field Unit, Parks Canada, (506) 876-1200; Michel
Savoie, Manager, Natural Resources, Conservation, Parks Canada, (506)
876-1252; (Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under Media Room.)


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