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Taking an innovative approach to fishing gear: Local projects in Nova Scotia take up the challenge!

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Each year, more than eight million metric tons of plastic end up in the world’s oceans. A major contributor to plastic waste is lost and abandoned fishing gear, also known as ghost gear. Ghost gear is one of the deadliest forms of plastic debris, and has a damaging impact on marine animals like whales and turtles, the coastal and marine environment, and global fishing stocks.

Budget 2019: An affordable place to call home 

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Yet for too many hard-working Canadians, especially for young people, it feels like an impossibility. There aren’t enough houses for people to buy, or apartments for people to rent. That makes finding a good place to live too expensive – beyond what many people can afford. The measures in Budget 2019 will help to increase the supply of housing, and help more middle class families find an affordable home today through new, targeted support for first-time home buyers.

State of the Atlantic Ocean report shows the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems 

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Canada’s Atlantic Ocean is one of the most productive marine environments in the world. It is home to an abundance of biodiversity from crabs, to lobsters and wild fish stocks, and supports more than 55,000 jobs in industries like fishing, aquaculture and tourism. The Atlantic Ocean is vital for Canada’s economy and culture, and it is important that we continue to invest in science and research to ensure the government and our partners understand the current state and pressures our oceans are facing. This data will help inform the steps we need to take to protect both the environment and the economy.

Federal Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, and Nova Scotia Minister Keith Colwell will make an Atlantic Fisheries Fund joint announcement in Dartmouth

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | media advisories

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – On April 10, 2019, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, along with the Honourable Keith Colwell, Nova Scotia Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, will make an important announcement related to the Atlantic Fisheries Fund, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Commercial groundfish harvester fined total of $30,000 for fishing during a closed time and dumping fish prior to a dockside inspection

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

In November 2018, in Port Hardy Provincial Court, the Honourable Judge Brian Hutcheson found fishing vessel master Ricky Sadler guilty to two violations of the Fisheries Act dating back to 2015 and 2016. Justice Hutcheson ordered Mr. Sadler to pay a total fine of $30,000 with $19,000 going toward fisheries conservation, education and stewardship in the Haida Gwaii area, and $9,500 for similar West Coast Vancouver Island projects.

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