Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson and the New Brunswick Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries, the Honourable Ross Wetmore, discussed common priorities during their first in-person meeting on Saturday, January 19, 2019.
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, will be visiting New Brunswick on Saturday, January 19, 2019, to meet with provincial counterparts, local stakeholders on common priorities, including oceans protection, Atlantic salmon conservation, Indigenous reconciliation and commercial fisheries. Atlantic salmon is a species of social, cultural and ceremonial importance throughout Atlantic Canada and the Miramichi is home to the most important salmon river in the Maritimes.
Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, and Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Gaspésie—Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, met with Ghyslain Cyr, President of the Administration portuaire du havre de pêche de L'Étang-du-Nord, in L’Étang-du-Nord, Îles-de-la-Madeleine to discuss recent repairs that have been made to this essential fishing harbour and visit the port.
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, along with the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and MP for Gaspésie—Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, will be visiting the Magdalen Islands on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 to meet with local fishing industry stakeholders and discuss priorities to support the local economy and the archipelago’s way of life.
As part of its commitment to ensuring that economic progress and environmental sustainability go hand in hand, the Government of Canada has and will continue to partner with ocean scientists, academics, nongovernmental organizations, coastal communities, Indigenous groups and industry to deepen knowledge of our oceans and how best to protect them. The Government of Canada recognizes the environmental, economic and recreational importance of our oceans. Sustainable management of our oceans and ocean resources requires that we continually advance our scientific understanding of these great water bodies, and the Government of Canada is committed to giving scientists the resources they need.
Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, met with Cowichan Tribes, the largest Indigenous group in British Columbia, to discuss restoration efforts in the Cowichan River. These efforts have resulted in an increase of Chinook salmon for the river in recent years.
The Member of Parliament for Delta, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced today that Ducks Unlimited Canada will be conducting a Coastal Restoration Fund project to help restore coastal habitats in the Fraser River Estuary of British Columbia.
Taking action to improve the environmental sustainability of British Columbia businesses while also helping to improve business results is critically important to future business competitiveness and to the quality of our natural environment. That is why the Government of Canada is making targeted investments in deploying clean technology solutions that will help fisheries related businesses become more clean, green and sustainable.