Protecting ocean health is a priority to Canadians and the Government of Canada. We have a collective responsibility to ensure that fish and their habitat are protected for future generations, and we take this responsibility very seriously. This is why earlier this week, we announced the Government of Canada’s approach to enhance the environmental sustainability of the aquaculture sector. This approach includes: a study on the alternative technologies for aquaculture, including land and sea-based closed containment technology, moving towards an area-based approach to aquaculture management, placing greater emphasis on the precautionary principle and creating a single comprehensive set of regulations - the General Aquaculture Regulations.
The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, will be at the Institute of Oceans Sciences for an exciting announcement about the arrival of two new vessels to British Columbia under the Government of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy.
The Government of Canada is taking a new approach to building confidence in the Canadian aquaculture industry. We are committed to moving forward in a way that protects the environment, the oceans and the fish stocks and that will create thousands of jobs for middle class Canadians.
As a nation with three ocean coasts, Canada depends on healthy marine ecosystems. Our oceans create good jobs, and are an important habitat for our vast, abundant wildlife. Increased collaboration between Canada and the US on oceans science will benefit citizens on both sides of the border.
Global demand for fish and seafood as a high-protein food source has increased significantly in the last decades. This demand is projected to further increase as the world’s population continues to grow. Combined with unprecedented pressures on many global fish stocks in our oceans, it is clear the world needs aquaculture.
Area-Based Aquaculture Management
Area-based management will enhance collaboration between federal, provincial and Indigenous partners through improved information sharing, collective planning and ongoing monitoring and management of aquaculture activities. Area-based management ensures that the planning, monitoring and ongoing management of aquaculture activities takes into consideration indigenous knowledge, and unique environmental, social and economic conditions.
Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, will be in Washington to meet US officials as well as Canadian partners to discuss whale protection initiatives, and to speak on Oceans Intelligence at an event hosted by Ocean Networks Canada.
Ottawa, Ontario – The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, will make an important announcement to ensure that Canada’s aquaculture industry is a global leader in producing high-quality aquaculture products in an environmentally sustainable manner.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador are pleased to announce funding of over $18 million to improve the effectiveness, quality and sustainability of the fish and seafood sector through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund.
With the longest coastline in the world, Canada’s coastal communities rely on the fishing industry as an integral contributor to local and regional economies. This is why the Government of Canada and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador today announced funding support to the fish and seafood sectors through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund.