Providing our fishery officers with the equipment and tools they need to protect marine biodiversity is important to the Government of Canada. That is why we are ensuring that the vessels they use are modern, efficient and equipped to keep our officers safe.
On behalf of the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Mike Kelloway, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister Lebouthillier, along with Rachelle Samson from Samson Enterprises, will make an announcement about the procurement of new vessels for Conservation and Protection.
The Government of Canada is committed to protecting Canada’s wildlife, biodiversity and fisheries resources for generations to come. Fishery officers with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) work hard to conserve and protect the environment by enforcing the rules and regulations set out in Canada's Fisheries Act. Failure to comply with the rules may lead to charges and fines for individuals and companies.
The Government of Canada is a world leader in the fight against Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing. This illegal activity is a major contributor to declining fish stocks and marine ecosystem destruction around the globe, and it undermines the livelihoods of legitimate fish harvesters everywhere, including here in Canada. IUU fishing poses a significant risk to salmon populations in the North Pacific Ocean and is considered to be a potential driver of Pacific salmon declines.
On behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Joyce Murray, Member of Parliament for Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, Ron McKinnon, is holding an event to launch the first Canadian-led high seas mission to fight illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing in the North Pacific.
The Cree Nation Government (CNG) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) are pleased to announce the signing of a Conservation Agreement pursuant to section 11 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). After several months of close collaboration and constructive discussions, the parties have successfully negotiated this agreement for the conservation of Lake Sturgeon (southern Hudson Bay - James Bay populations), a species of special concern under SARA.
The Government of Canada is committed to protecting Canada’s fisheries resources, and the habitats that support them, for generations to come. Fishery officers with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) work hard to conserve and protect the environment by enforcing the rules and regulations set out in Canada’s Fisheries Act. Failure to comply may lead to charges and fines for individuals and companies.
Our oceans define our communities and cultures. Learning more about our waters can help communities identify underwater hazards and sensitive marine areas, plan fishing and harvesting efforts, and carry out other important activities.
The Government of Canada is committed to safeguarding our fish stocks so they are sustainable for future generations. Canada’s commercial Redfish fishery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence has been closed since 1995 to help redfish stocks rebuild to healthy levels. Since that time, Redfish stocks have rebounded significantly, and the Government of Canada is positioned to re-open the Unit 1 Redfish commercial fishery in Atlantic Canada and Quebec in the near future.
The Government of Canada is committed to protecting the long term health of Canada’s fisheries resources and the habitats that support them, for generations to come. Officers with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) enforce the Fisheries Act to conserve and protect the environment. Obstructing them from performing their duties, or failing to provide required information and documentation to them, are serious and potentially costly offences.