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Canada announces next steps in negotiations with France on Atlantic Halibut 

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | statements

Atlantic halibut is an important species that creates good jobs for hardworking Canadians in coastal communities. Canada and France have long worked together to reach agreement on quota sharing for Atlantic halibut, with a focus on ensuring the right balance is reached between economic interests and the long-term sustainability of the stock.


Canada pursues good faith Atlantic halibut negotiations with France

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | statements

Atlantic halibut is found in waters from east of Newfoundland to the northeastern United States. Most of the stock is found in Canadian fisheries waters, with a certain percentage also found within the French Maritime Zone off the coast of St. Pierre and Miquelon. In 2022, Canadian landings of Atlantic halibut were valued at approximately $70 million.


Minister Lebouthillier statement for World Oceans Day 2024

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | statements

Every year on June 8th people around the world highlight World Oceans Day. It is a day to reflect on the state of our oceans, share our best practices and be part of a collective movement to conserve and protect them.


Fisheries and Oceans Canada strongly condemns tampering with moderate livelihood and commercial lobster fishing in Eastern Nova Scotia

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | statements

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is committed to reconciliation and the orderly management of the lobster fishery for all harvesters. As such, DFO has worked quickly to address reports of lobster gear tampering with both moderate livelihood and commercial fishing gear in Eastern Nova Scotian lobster fishing areas (LFAs), and particularly in LFAs 26A and 27.


Minister Lebouthillier meets with fishing industry to discuss Right whale sighting

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | statements

Following the sighting of a North Atlantic right whale in shallow waters off the northeast coast of New Brunswick last week, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) instituted a 15-day temporary fishing area closure in Lobster Fishing Area (LFA) 23 C. This decision was based on DFO’s sighting data at the time, and in consideration of our international commitments towards marine mammal protection, which are in place to ensure Canada’s world-class seafood products continue to be recognized as sustainable and export markets remain available.


Lobster Fishing Area 23 C temporary closure due to right whale sighting

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | statements

On May 17, 2024, an endangered North Atlantic right whale was spotted in shallow waters approximately 3 to 4 kilometers off the northeast coast of New Brunswick, east of Miscou Island. After the whale was detected, DFO instituted a 15-day temporary fishing area closure in Lobster Fishing Area (LFA) 23 C. The 15-day closure count begins on the day of the detection – in this case that would mean from May 17th to the 31st. Under this protocol, if a right whale is not detected again in the closed area, the area would re-open to fishing after day 15.


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