The province is doing its part to ensure that salmon and trout populations continue to thrive and that sport fishing continues to be a popular pastime in Nova Scotia. The province will invest $250,000 in the Aquatic Development Association of Margaree’s effort to enhance salmon and trout populations in the Margaree River watershed area, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Chris d’Entremont announced today, Sept. 30. The funding will be allocated over the next five years. “I am extremely pleased to be able to provide this investment in our sportfishery,” said Mr. d’Entremont. The province’s new investment is directed towards two areas: the creation of new fish habitat and the growing of fish to occupy that new habitat. Nova Scotia’s inland fishery contributes $85-million dollars annually to the provincial economy. About 85,000 people participate at some level in the fishery. “The Margaree area is a well known sportfish tourism destination,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “This investment will go a long way to keep the sportfishery healthy and to encourage our visitors to return for years to come.” “The sportfishery is a tradition and an important recreation pastime for Nova Scotians,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “It’s one of the greatest means of getting people of any age to participate in outdoor recreation. We want to ensure this fishery is not lost.” There has been a decline in the Atlantic salmon population over the past several years. This year the government invested $500,000 to create opportunities in the Atlantic salmon fishery. The Adopt-a-Stream program also funded $16,000 worth of projects with the Margaree Salmon Association and its partners.