The sustainable and responsible management of our ocean ecosystems is a priority for me as Minister, and our government is committed to protecting and regenerating wild salmon stocks. In December 2020, Minister Jordan announced the licences for open-net pen salmon farms in the Discovery Islands would only be renewed until the summer of 2022. This has resulted in a reduction of more than 3.5 million farmed salmon in the Discovery Islands since December 2020, and I will ensure the decision to phase out these 19 open-net pen farms is carried on to completion.
Canada is pleased with the outcomes reached at the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) meeting, which concluded on November 23. Canada entered the negotiations with a position that was based on the best available science, and aimed to conserve and regenerate fish stocks and the ecosystems on which they depend. As a result of the successful negotiations, Canada and other member nations are better positioned to regulate the fishing, conservation, and regeneration of a number of tuna, tuna-like, and shark species.
Canada is a proud ocean nation, with three oceans and the longest coastline in the world. With a wealth of diverse marine ecosystems, the fishery has long been a vital force in the economy, culture and way of life for so many communities across the country. On World Fisheries Day, we remember our responsibility to our oceans—
to protect and regenerate their marine ecosystems, so they can continue to provide us with food, employment and opportunities for generations to come.
June 5th is the International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing.Illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing poses a serious risk to our global oceans and economy. It threatens the livelihoods of law-abiding fish harvesters and it damages our marine ecosystems, and the countless lifeforms they sustain.
The women and men of Canada’s fisheries are the backbone of our coastal, rural and Indigenous communities. They feed millions of households across the country and around the world. In 2019, Canada exported $7.4 billion worth of seafood.
Conservation and sustainability underpin everything we do at Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). Indigenous and commercial harvesters share this priority, as their livelihoods depend on the health of our oceans and seafood stocks.
“We thank the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs for their leadership and for the open, respectful and constructive conversation today, where we affirmed what the Marshall Decision declared over 20 years ago – that Mi’kmaw have a constitutionally protected treaty right to fish in pursuit of a moderate livelihood.