Canada’s fisheries are the backbone of many coastal communities and a driving force of the economy. The seafood sector is a rapidly shifting environment – competition is intensifying, consumers are looking for sustainability and quality. That is why the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia (NS) today announced funding support to the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment (the Centre) through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF).
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – On behalf of the Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Mike Kelloway, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister Murray and Member of Parliament for Cape Breton-Canso along with the Honourable Steve Craig, Nova Scotia Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, will hold a press conference to make an announcement related to the Atlantic Fisheries Fund.
Building on the renewed understanding with Potlotek First Nation reached last month, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has reached an understanding with We’koqma’q First Nation that will see their members fishing jakej (lobster) in pursuit of a moderate livelihood and selling their catch in accordance with an amendment to We’koqma’q’s and Potlotek’s amended Netukulimk Livelihood Fisheries Plan and supported by a DFO-issued authorization. The plan was developed by the community with collaboration from Potlotek First Nation, the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs and Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office (KMKNO).
On Friday April 22, 2022 the Nunavut Court of Justice sentenced George Hudson who pleaded guilty to violations under the Fisheries Act. The Honourable Justice Bonnie Tulloch ordered that the fishing vessel captain pay $35,000 within 6 months.
The Government of Canada is working hard to protect our oceans and the marine life they sustain. Lost, abandoned and discarded fishing gear, or ghost gear, can stay in our water for hundreds of years, causing harm to marine mammals, fisheries, and habitats. Through the Ghost Gear Fund, the Government of Canada has been working with industry and other partners to rid our oceans of ghost gear and create new solutions to reduce fishing debris.
The Government of Canada values the experiences and expertise of coastal Canadians to help inform the sustainable management and development of our ocean resources. Collaboration is key to ensuring our decisions are based on the best available information.
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting a sustainable, humane and well-regulated seal harvest that supports Canada’s Indigenous, rural and coastal communities. The harvesting of white coats is illegal in Canada and has been since 1987.
Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador – Fisheries and Oceans Canada will facilitate an availability with Glenn Blackwood, Co-Chair of the Atlantic Seal Science Task Team, for media interested in the release of the Atlantic Seal Science Task Team Report.
Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador – The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, will announce the plan for moving forward upon receipt of the Atlantic Seal Science Task Team Report.
It is imperative that Canada balances healthy ecosystems, sustainable fisheries and the vitality of coastal and Indigenous communities. Hearing from fish harvesters about their experience on the water is critical to finding that balance.