How Fisheries and Oceans Canada helps ALUS make a difference on the ground
In 2020, ALUS Canada received $983,000 in funding from the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk, a program of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), to launch a project entitled “Engaging Farmers and Ranchers to Improve Ecosystems for Aquatic Species at Risk” that will help improve aquatic habitat in the Prairies.
“Through the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk, our Government is continuing to protect and promote the species we are at risk of losing,” said Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard. “We know this must be a shared responsibility, which is why we are so pleased to be partnering with ALUS Canada in this vital work. This project will focus on private lands where the agricultural landscape intersects with key freshwater habitat and it will help protect five species in the southern Prairies.”
A total of 32 farmers and ranchers participating in the ALUS ASAP, ALUS WUQWATR, ALUS Assiniboine West, ALUS Red Deer County, ALUS Mountain View County, ALUS Rocky View, ALUS Vulcan County and ALUS Wheatland programs will be involved.
They will manage ALUS projects on 1,325 acres (five square kilometers) of wetlands and riparian areas located along streams, creeks and rivers that flow into the South Saskatchewan River or the Assiniboine River. These ALUS projects will help improve and protect habitat for aquatic species at risk.
The DFO funding also allows ALUS to support education and outreach around aquatic species at risk in the Prairies. ALUS will also hold a series of six public events in local agricultural communities when public health regulations permit. Meanwhile, ALUS has created a series of educational brochures describing the five species in question.
More information on the fact sheets here: https://alus.ca/alus_news_and_events/helping-at-risk-fish/