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A new management plan, addressing declining inland water fish
stocks and their protection, is being developed by the Cape
Breton Sports Fishing Advisory Committee (CBSFAC), with funding
from the Canada/Nova Scotia COOPERATION Agreement on Economic

The funding announcement was made today by Nova Scotia Fisheries
Minister Jim Barkhouse and Russell MacLellan, MP, on behalf of
Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada and
Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
David Dingwall.

The management plan is being organized in two phases. A
consultant has been gathering historical angling and biological
data, and discussing the concerns of government, industry and
other users of the Crown-held highlands area. The next step
involves consulting with the public during a series of meetings
which will take place throughout Cape Breton in the late fall of

Mr. Barkhouse said: "I commend the dedication of the advisory
committee and their commitment to protecting freshwater sport
fishing in the province, one of our most valued resources. I am
confident that this project will prove highly valuable to the
long-term management of our inland fisheries."

Mr. MacLellan noted that sport fishing is valuable to the economy
of Nova Scotia. "Last year, the industry generated approximately
$80 million and further development is possible. One of the goals
of this agreement is to increase the economic return from sport
fishing to coastal and rural communities."

Marshall Kaiser, project chairman for the advisory committee,
said "Basically, we are starting out with a blank sheet of paper,
it is the angling public and other users who will put the plan
together - what they want, what will work and what won't work."

A total of $36,000 (split 70/30 by the federal and provincial
governments respectively) has been provided under the economic
diversification agreement toward the $40,000 cost of developing
the management plan.

The Canada/Nova Scotia COOPERATION Agreement on Economic
Diversification is a five-year, $52.6 million, cost-shared
agreement managed by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency on
behalf of the Government of Canada and by the Economic Renewal
Agency on behalf of the Province of Nova Scotia.


Contact: Diane Kenny     902-424-0308
         Britt Roscoe    902-295-3180
         David Kaulback  902-426-4238

trp                    Oct. 13, 1995