Halifax, Nova Scotia – One Canadian out of five live in communities along our ocean coasts and over 300,000 Canadian jobs are tied to the marine sector. Our Government recognizes that a prosperous economy depends on healthy and sustainable oceans, here in Canada and around the world. Our oceans and fisheries face fundamental threats. These challenges are global in nature and require a global response that involves scientific evidence, collaborative partnerships and concrete action.
Today, on the margins of the G7 ministerial meeting on the theme of Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy, the Government of Canada demonstrated its commitment to take strong leadership against the current threats to our oceans and fisheries by taking action in the following areas:
A group of recreational harvesters were found guilty in Sechelt Provincial Court on June 21, 2018 of violations of the Fisheries Act committed in the Egmont area, on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast. The Honourable Judge Steven Merrick ordered Li-Chao Tang to pay a fine of $5,000, be prohibited from recreational fishing in tidal waters for one year, plus forfeit a seized vessel, all of its contents, and all of the associated fishing gear, valued at approximately $15,000. Judge Merrick fined Cho Cheung and Kwong Tzang $3,500 each, fined Yu Tong $3,000, and ordered the same one year fishing prohibition for all three men.
Halifax, Nova Scotia – The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources, will announce new Canadian actions in support of our oceans on the margins of the G7 Joint ministerial session on Healthy Oceans, Seas, and Resilient Communities.
The community of Delhaven on the Pereaux Road in Kings County, Nova Scotia, is receiving a significant federal investment that will benefit the local economy. Coastal communities across Canada are supported by small craft harbours that provide the commercial fishing industry with safe and accessible facilities. With approximately 44,000 Canadians employed in this sector, the Government of Canada is making investments to renew its network of small craft harbours and enhance local communities.
Vancouver, BC – The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, will announce the designation of a new marine National Wildlife Area, the first protected marine area established under the Canada Wildlife Act. A second announcement will be made by Shell Canada regarding a significant contribution the company is making to marine conservation off coastal British Columbia.
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, confirmed today that the remaining 25 per cent of the 2018 and 2019 Total Allowable Catch (TAC) will be made available to the current licence holder, with a view to identify a new participant for the 2020 Surf Clam fishery. This will allow for the economic benefits to remain in coastal communities while Fisheries and Oceans Canada continues to work to broaden access to this fishery.
Through the Oceans Protections Plan, the Government of Canada is working to improve our country’s capacity to prevent and respond to environmental emergencies. Ensuring the Canadian Coast Guard has the equipment it needs to lead the response to marine pollution incidents in Canadian waters is an essential part of this Plan.
Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and Transport Canada (TC) will hold a phone-in media availability about the status of North Atlantic right whales. DFO and TC officials will be available to answer questions regarding measures taken this year by the Government of Canada to protect this endangered species, including current status and next steps.