Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers reaffirm support for Canada’s fisheries and aquaculture sector
“Today’s meeting is an important step on Canada’s road to economic recovery. While the global pandemic has underscored our vulnerabilities, it also offers us a chance to ‘build back better’. By working together, we can help shape a more resilient and sustainable world – one that ensures a strong future for the hardworking women and men who drive our blue economy, from coast to coast to coast. I would like to thank all the Ministers for their participation and I look forward to our continued engagement on these important issues.”
The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
"Fish is an important food source for all Canadians and our commercial and sport fisheries are an important part of our local, provincial and territorial economies. Invasive species and new diseases present a real and emerging risk to these sectors. Today, we have strengthened our commitment to work together with our partners to support our fishing industries and all Canadians by taking strong and directed action to protect our aquatic biodiversity from these current and future threats."
The Honourable Shane Thompson, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources for the Northwest Territories
Canada’s maritime economy accounts for $31 billion annually in Gross Domestic Product. It is the source of almost 300,000 coastal jobs with direct benefits in sectors as diverse as fisheries and aquaculture, marine transportation, ocean energy and technology, recreation, and tourism.
Aquatic invasive species have significantly impacted native fish stocks in Canada. In addition to environmental damage, invasive species also cost billions of dollars every year due to lost income and tourism revenue, infrastructure damage, and the implementation of control measures.
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Government of the Northwest Territories
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