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May 14, 2021

PROVINCE MAKES NEW INVESTMENTS TO HELP SUSTAIN LOCAL FISHERIES



The Manitoba government is investing more than $800,000 to help sustain the province’s world-class fisheries, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today.

“Our fisheries are an incredible resource that are important to Manitobans, and also play a large role in our rural communities and tourism sector,” said Pedersen. “More people than ever are out enjoying our lakes and rivers, but we must be proactive in managing our fisheries with the added pressure.”

The province has committed an additional $600,000 for wildlife and fisheries management, which will be dedicated in 2021-22 to Manitoba fisheries to support enhanced monitoring and data collection. The enhanced data collection will be targeted toward high-use recreational angling lakes and mixed-use fisheries that support domestic fishing, recreational angling and commercial harvest.

The data collected will also help support the eco-certification of commercial fisheries and ensure that Manitoba’s fisheries continue to be managed sustainably.

An additional $250,000 investment has also been made for a new fish hatchery stocking truck. The new truck features an improved tank configuration that will allow for more efficient and flexible stocking operations while reducing emissions.

“Each year, Manitoba stocks close to 100 waterbodies with tens of millions of walleye fry and almost 500,000 trout from its hatcheries,” said Pedersen. “It is estimated that every $1 invested in stocking supports up to $40 in economic activity.”

For more information on Manitoba’s fisheries, including the Lake Information for Anglers website, visit www.manitobafisheries.com.

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