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The original Fisheries Enhancement Initiative (FEI) was established in 1992 by a 1993 licence fee increase of $2.50 per licence on angling licences. The fund was established to improve fish populations and fish habitat in Manitoba. Fish Enhancement Initiatives included projects based on conservation, enhancement, communication and education. From 1993-2007, $350,000 was available annually for fisheries enhancement initiatives.
In 2008, a further $3.00 angling fee increase was added and the formation of the Fisheries Enhancement Fund (FEF) was created. Funding levels were increased to $600,000, a broader range of projects could be funded and a Project Review Committee consisting of members of seven angling groups was implemented with the FEF. A further increase in funding was granted in 2008, which made available $850,000 for Fisheries Enhancement Initiatives.
On March 1, 2014, the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund (FWEF) was established under authority of The Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund Act (initially Bill 13, and now C.C.S.M. c. F87) and its regulation (57/2014). Ten dollars ($10) dollars from every angling licence sold will be directed into the Fisheries Enhancement Fund. Five ($5) from every hunting and trapping licence sold will be directed into the Wildlife Enhancement Fund.
Sustainable Development (SD) administers this Fund for the purpose of supporting fish and wildlife initiatives, including projects, programs and studies designed to protect and increase fish and wildlife habitats and populations in Manitoba, and government fish hatcheries. Two subcommittees are established to make recommendations on the funding of enhancement initiatives. The Fisheries Enhancement Subcommittee reviews and makes recommendations on all fisheries enhancement initiatives that seek funding and recommend initiatives to be funded. The Wildlife Enhancement Subcommittee reviews and makes recommendations on all wildlife enhancement initiatives that seek funding and recommend initiatives to be funded.
FISHERIES ENHANCEMENT INITIATIVES
Applications for the first intake of 2017 for Fisheries Enhancement Initiatives are now being accepted. The deadline for the Fisheries Enhancement Initiative applications is March 31, 2017.
*Please note that FWEF-Fisheries Enhancement Subcommittee reserves the right to allocate funds in any given year as angling licence revenue becomes available.
WILDLIFE ENHANCEMENT INITIATIVES
Applications for Wildlife Enhancement Initiatives are now being accepted. The next intake deadline is January 13, 2017.Wildlife Enhancement Application
*Please note that FWEF – Wildlife Enhancement Subcommittee reserves the right to allocate funds in any given year as hunting and trapping licence revenue becomes available.
In 1993 the first Fisheries Enhancement Stamp was commissioned by Manitoba Fisheries Branch. Artist, Judy McInnes’s painting entitled “Manitoba Walleye” was reproduced onto every angling licence sold. From 1994-present, a Fisheries Enhancement Stamp competition has been held to pick an original painting to be reproduced into a stamp for the annual angling licence and numbered prints. The Fisheries Enhancement Stamp is used to promote angling in Manitoba. Winning paintings from 1994-2016 can be viewed below along with the artist's name and painting title.