Fish & Wildlife Enhancement Fund

Fisheries Enhancement Stamp Competition

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.

Deadline date for submission of entry form for the next stamp competition is July 6, 2018 and the deadline date for the submission of artwork is August 10, 2018. Subject matter for the 2018/2019 competition will be limited to artwork depicting the Tiger Trout.

Please click below for the Fisheries Enhancement Stamp Competition 2018/2019 entry form and guidelines:

2018-2019 Fisheries Stamp Competition Rules

2018/19 Fisheries Enhancement Stamp Competition Entry Form

Anyone interested in purchasing prints of the artwork can do so by noting the artist’s name, artwork title and year indicated on each piece and emailing FWEF@gov.mb.ca or calling 204.945.5156.

Past Winning Paintings, Artists and Title

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History

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.

Establishment of the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund

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.

Mandate of the FWEF

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.

A Fish Enhancement Initiative means:
  • a project or program to conserve or increase fish populations;
  • a project or program to protect, manage or restore fish habitats;
  • a study of fish populations or habitats;
  • angler education programs; and
  • the acquisition, by purchase, lease or other means, of property or an interest in property in order to protect a critical fish habitat.
A Wildlife Enhancement Initiative means:
  • a project or program to conserve or increase wildlife populations;
  • a project or program to protect, manage or restore wildlife habitats, including the construction or maintenance of infrastructure in wildlife management areas;
  • a study of wildlife populations or habitats;
  • hunter and trapper education programs; and
  • the acquisition, by purchase, lease or other means, of property or an interest in property in order to protect a critical wildlife habitat.
Eligible projects will address one or more of the following categories:
  • Fisheries/Wildlife development
  • Habitat Rehabilitation/Enhancement
  • Habitat Protection by Acquisition
  • Stock Assessment/Monitoring
  • Fisheries/Wildlife Research
  • Fisheries Education
  • Hunter or Trapper Education
  • Fisheries/Wildlife Outreach
  • Fisheries/Wildlife Stewardship
  • Fisheries/Wildlife Compensation
Eligible applicants include:
  • Organizations representing anglers, hunters or trappers (including fish and game associations)
  • Academic institutions (including universities, college and schools)
  • Environmental Organizations
  • Conservation districts
  • Community Groups
  • Other not-for-profit organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Rural municipalities
  • Crown corporations
  • For-profit organizations
  • Individuals
Applying to the Fund:

FISHERIES ENHANCEMENT INITIATIVES

Applications for Fish Enhancement Initiatives recently closed. The next intake deadline date will be posted shortly.

*Please note that FWEF - Fisheries Enhancement Subcommittee reserves the right to allocate funds in any given year as angling licence revenue becomes available.

**Any application that involves the funding of a boat ramp, a boat dock or any related amenities (for example, a fileting area, a picnic area, etc.) will not be considered or recommended for funding, as such work does not satisfy the definition of “Fish Enhancement Initiative” in The Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund Act.


WILDLIFE ENHANCEMENT INITIATIVES

Applications for Wildlife Enhancement Initiatives are now being accepted. The next intake deadline date is June 30, 2018.

*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.

Contact Information

FWEF Administrator
Sustainable Development
Box 15, 200 Saulteaux Cres
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3J 3W3
Telephone: (204) 945-5156
Email: FWEF@gov.mb.ca