Beach restoration underway at Ship Cove on Placentia Bay
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Ship Cove beach
- The beach had prime conditions for capelin spawning, including a freshwater source and the favourable type of gravel close to the shoreline.
- A decade ago, part of the beach was used as a quarry, and as a result the beach subsided and washed the spawning gravel to the rear of the beach, where it is no longer accessible to capelin for spawning.
- Capelin still come to spawn in the summer, but only in a small corner of the beach. WWF-Canada is optimistic that by restoring the beach, capelin will return in greater numbers to spawn successfully as early as next season.
- Capelin are a vital food source for seabirds and whales, as well as Atlantic cod.
The Coastal Restoration Fund
WWF-Canada’s project, which is receiving $3.7 million of funding over five years, is called Stewarding Coastal Habitats Monitoring and Restoration for Priority Species in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Planned projects include:
- Capelin habitat restoration in Placentia Bay and other priority areas
- Removal of obstacles in the path of migrating Atlantic salmon and Arctic char in Labrador
- Studies of capelin larvae on the beach and in the water on two beaches in Newfoundland and Labrador
- Addressing erosion of coastal habitats in Newfoundland and Labrador and research to see how coastal areas are being impacted by climate change
- Development of local capacity for community-based monitoring of wildlife and habitat restoration.
Partners for the project include: NunatuKavut Community Council, the Marine Institute, the University of Manitoba, Memorial University of Newfoundland, the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Association, Inc., the Shorefast Foundation, ACAP Humber Arm, Northeast Avalon ACAP
David Miller, President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund Canada, said:
“The beach restoration at Ship Cove is a first step towards improving habitat for wildlife on the coastline of Newfoundland and Labrador. We are really pleased to be restoring the beach to its former condition, so capelin will be able to spawn here as they used to. We are grateful to the Coastal Restoration Fund for the support and the opportunity to start multi-year projects with our partners that will ensure the long-term sustainability of coastal habitat in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
About World Wildlife Fund Canada
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For further information
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