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Fund to protect province's fish, wildlife habitats

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THE province will create a new fund to protect fish and wildlife habitat in Manitoba.

Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh said Thursday the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund will support projects aimed at conserving fish and wildlife populations for hunters, anglers and trappers.

"We do anticipate that we certainly could create a fund over $1 million that will either go to fish or wildlife conservation efforts," Mackintosh said.

Under legislation introduced Thursday, fish and wildlife committees made up of representatives from fishing, hunting and trapping organizations would be created. These committees would review project proposals and make recommendations to the minister of conservation and water stewardship.

Financial support for the fund would come from a nominal levies added to hunting, trapping and fishing licences. Other funding sources, including bequests, could also support the fund. Licence levies would be determined in consultation with sport fishing and hunting organizations.

Similar legislation is in place in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 30, 2012 B4

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