KEDGWICK, NB, July 16, 2018 /CNW/ - The Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche, René Arseneault, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced on Thursday the official re-opening of the Fisheries and Oceans office in Kedgwick, New Brunswick.
The re-opening of the Kedgwick office will enhance the local presence of fishery officers and improve their ability to monitor fishery resources along a network of more than 15,000 km of rivers and tributaries. The Restigouche and Kedgwick Rivers are primary salmon rivers within Northwestern New Brunswick.
Every year, recreational fisheries are active from early May until fall in this area. Recreational fishers, as well as tourists, enjoy fishing salmon, on a catch-and-release basis.
Kedgwick and surrounding communities benefit economically from the recreational fishing industry. The area is also important for Indigenous groups, which fish for food, social and ceremonial purposes. The presence of fishery officers in all areas will ensure sustainable recreational fisheries in this region for generations to come.
"The re-opening of the office in Kedgwick is an example of the concrete measures our government is taking to ensure sustainable natural resources in Northern New Brunswick. We made a commitment to re-open this office, and I am very pleased to make the announcement, which will benefit to the economy of our areas."
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
"This announcement is great news for our community. Having fishery officers present on our rivers will ensure the protection of the resource for years to come. Our people, businesses and communities depend on these natural resources."
René Arseneault, Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche
- The Kedgwick Conservation and Protection detachment covers approximately 15,150 km² of land mass and approximately 14,897 km of river and stream networks.
- The Kedgwick office had previously closed in spring 2014.
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