- Funding to support project improving fish habitat in Toronto -
TORONTO, Oct. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - The Living City Foundation, a
not-for-profit organization that supports projects undertaken by
Toronto and Region Conservation, has been selected as a major recipient
of funding from the newly-established Recreational Fisheries
Conservation Partnership Program (RFCPP). The Foundation will receive
$205,000 under the RFCPP for multi-phase work under Toronto's Tommy
Thompson Cell 2 Fish Habitat and Wetlands Creation Project that was
previously announced earlier this Spring. The project with will see an
industrial confined disposal facility that received potentially
contaminated materials dredged from the Toronto Inner Harbour turned
into a nine hectare "hemi-marsh" ecosystem to improve fish habitat.
Work will begin in November 2013 with an estimated completion date of
"This ambitious project will provide a variety of habitats aimed at
expanding native fish populations in the interest of recreational
fishing and sport fish angling," said Thornhill Member of Parliament,
Peter Kent, on behalf of the Federal Minister of Fisheries, the
Honourable Gail Shea.
Located on the Toronto waterfront, Tommy Thompson Park is a unique urban
wilderness minutes from downtown. The park is located on a man-made
peninsula, known as the Leslie Street Spit, which extends five km into
Lake Ontario and is over 500 hectares in size. The park represents some
of the largest existing natural habitat on the Toronto waterfront.
Wildflower meadows, cottonwood forests, coastal marshes, cobble beaches
and sand dunes are just some of the habitats at Tommy Thompson Park.
Wildlife, especially birds, flourish at the park, which provides one of
the best nature watching areas in the GTA. Other recreational
opportunities include hiking, cycling, rollerblading and fishing. TRCA
has undertaken shoreline habitat protection and enhancement work along
the waterfront for many years. As a result of TRCA's work and support
from partners, the fish communities in Toronto's waterfront continue to
improve. Urban anglers are now catching bass, pike, salmon and other
sport fish along the waterfront. The improved fish habitat is expected
to expand native fish populations to support the increased interest in
recreational fishing. Other existing partners involved in this project
including Coca Cola Canada, City of Toronto, Toronto Port Authority,
Environment Canada and now Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
"Tommy Thompson Park on the Leslie Street Spit is one of Toronto's most
important natural areas and the restoration of Cell 2 will
significantly increase wetland habitat on the Toronto waterfront," said
Scott Fortnum, Executive Director, The Living City Foundation. "We are
so pleased to have the support of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. For this
major project to be realized, we need the support of many partners.
Together we are working towards bringing back a thriving native fish
population to Toronto."
The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program forms a key
component of the Government of Canada's conservation agenda as outlined
in Budget 2013 and aligns with the Government's commitment to better
protect Canada's fisheries as reflected in the recent changes to the
The program aims to bring like-minded partners and their resources
together with the common goal of enhancing Canada's recreational
fisheries. The long‑term goal of the program is to enhance the
sustainability and ongoing productivity of Canada's recreational
fisheries, which would be achieved through the following program
objective: Restore, rebuild and rehabilitate recreational fisheries
It also supports a key priority identified in Economic Action Plan 2013,
namely, promoting a clean and sustainable environment. Upon the
completion of funded projects, the expected program outcome is that
targeted recreational fisheries habitat has been restored.
The Living City Foundation
The Living City Foundation is a registered charity (Business #11903 9493
RR0001) that supports the work of Toronto and Region Conservation
(TRCA). TRCA and The Living City Foundation are working to build The
Living City: A Cleaner, Greener Healthier Place to live.
About Toronto and Region Conservation
With more than 55 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation
(TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural
environment. TRCA's vision is for the Living City - a cleaner, greener
and healthier place to live, for you today and for your children
tomorrow. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca
Image with caption: "Peter Kent, MP for Thornhill is joined by Brian Denney, CEO Toronto and Region Conservation, Scott Fortnum, Executive Director, The Living City Foundation, TRCA staff and a variety of native fish species, for a Fisheries and Oceans Canada funding announcement benefitting Toronto and Region Conservation's Tommy Thompson Park Cell 2 Fish Habitat and Wetlands Creation Project. (CNW Group/Toronto and Region Conservation Authority)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131008_C8224_PHOTO_EN_31838.jpg
SOURCE: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
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