The Minister has been mandated by the Prime Minister to work with the Province of British Columbia (BC) and Indigenous communities on a responsible plan to transition from open-net pen salmon farming in coastal BC waters by 2025.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada has established the Eastern Canyons Marine Refuge to help safeguard the area’s unique marine environment. The establishment of this new Marine Refuge is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to conserve 25 per cent of Canada’s oceans by 2025 and 30 per cent by 2030.
Launched in 2021, the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for sustainable development aims to reverse the global decline in ocean health to ensure we have a sustainable ocean for future generations. The Government of Canada, in collaboration with domestic and international partners, has engaged in various targeted initiatives and activities to advance Ocean Decade outcomes and to help inform ocean policies and decisions to conserve our ocean and support sustainable development.
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting a sustainable, humane and well-regulated seal harvest that supports Canada’s Indigenous, rural and coastal communities. The harvesting of white coats is illegal in Canada and has been since 1987.
Through the Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (PICFI), the Government of Canada is investing $11.8 million to support First Nations commercial fisheries enterprises for the benefit of Indigenous communities across British Columbia. These PICFI investments support new business and training opportunities and increased fisheries access for 31 Indigenous commercial fisheries companies representing 117 First Nations. PICFI is co-developed, co-designed and co-delivered in collaboration with Indigenous partners.
Through the Ghost Gear Program, the Government of Canada has been working with partners to rid our oceans of ghost gear and create new solutions to reduce fishing debris. In 2021, the Ghost Gear Program provided additional support to 37 projects, many of which focus on increasing Canada’s recycling capacity for end-of-life fishing gear, and identifying and removing ghost gear from the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and the Fraser River in British Columbia.