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A new small craft harbour officially opens at the Hollow Water First Nation in Manitoba

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

On September 21, Hollow Water First Nation members celebrated the official opening of a new and much needed small craft harbour for their community on eastern Lake Winnipeg. Chief Larry Barker spoke of the importance of this new infrastructure, which improves access to the community’s fish processing plant and provides safer docking for vessels. The harbour has been operational since May 2023, and is the newest harbour in service in the Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) national system of small craft harbours.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada continues to monitor lobster fishing in Southwest Nova Scotia

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | statements

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) officials remain actively engaged in Southwest Nova Scotia, meeting with Indigenous harvesters, groups and organizations, as well as commercial fishing associations. Open, honest and clear dialogue remains the best way to raise concerns and to find solutions for everyone involved in the lobster fishery.

Owners of Canadian fishing vessel Ocean Provider fined and over 30,000 pounds of tuna seized

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

On June 28, 2023, the numbered company 1269039 BC Ltd. (multiple partners)—which owns the Canadian commercial fishing vessel, Ocean Provider—was sentenced in Port Alberni Provincial Court. The company pleaded guilty to fishing for albacore tuna between July 22 and August 15, 2022, without the authority of a valid licence, contrary to the Pacific Fishery Regulations, 1993. This is a serious violation of the Fisheries Act and Canada’s international fisheries obligations.

Funded projects for seal and sea lion science

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | backgrounders

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is continuously improving its understanding of seal and sea lion populations and their potential impacts on fish stocks. The Department will provide over $643,900 in funding to Indigenous groups, industry, and academia to learn more about the role seals and sea lions play in our aquatic ecosystems.

Statement from Fisheries and Oceans Canada regarding lobster fishing in St. Marys Bay, Nova Scotia

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | statements

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is committed to a renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples based on recognizing rights, respect, collaboration, and partnership. As part of that commitment, we are working with First Nations harvesters so that they can exercise their Supreme Court-affirmed Treaty right to fish through various DFO-authorized fisheries. These fisheries include food, social and ceremonial (FSC), and communal commercial fisheries, including interim understandings reached to fish in pursuit of a moderate livelihood.

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