Province to chip in $150K for Lake Winnipeg
To further research in to Lake Winnipeg, the consortium operates the 328-ton MV Namao, the former Canadian Coast Guard buoy tender converted into a research vessel, and docked in Gimli Harbour. Over the last 10 years, the province has provided more than $1.2 million to help operate the 39-year-old Namao.
“Lake Winnipeg provides important environmental benefits and contributes to the province’s economy as well as the enjoyment and well-being of Manitobans,” Housing & Community Development Minister and Gimli MLA Peter Bjornson said. “We have many reasons to support the Namao’s research and want to ensure the best stewardship of this precious resource.”
The consortium is comprised of 32 organizations, including the RM of Gimli, the Lake Winnipeg Commercial Fishers, the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation, the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg, plus several provincial government departments.