Canada’s marine ecosystems are vital to the livelihoods, well being and culture of countless Indigenous and coastal communities. Scientific research and data is critical to conserving and protecting these ecosystems. The Government Of Canada is proud to work together with non-government organizations and communities to collect the crucial data that informs how we manage and protect these ecosystems.
In recognition of Indigenous History Month, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, reminds us of the hard the work being implemented under the Indigenous Habitat Participation Program. This $50 million, five-year initiative (2019-2023) provides Indigenous organizations with funding to support collaboration, planning, conservation, protection, monitoring and data collection as it relates to fish and fish habitat
Today, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is releasing the 2020 fishing plans for Fraser River Chinook. The department will implement measures similar to 2019 with additional restrictions to strengthen conservation and some flexibility for additional fisheries for all harvesters in areas where impacts to stocks of concern will be very low. Working with harvesters, we are confident we have found creative and flexible ways to have small, targeted fisheries that will protect endangered Fraser River Chinook while providing opportunities to fish for healthier stocks.
Chinook salmon populations have been in decline for years as a result of a number of factors including habitat destruction, harvest, and the effects of climate change. The challenges facing at-risk Fraser River Chinook salmon stocks are multi-faceted. The road to recovery requires a long-term view and the collaboration of all interested parties.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) will be holding a briefing for media interested in an update on the management measures for Fraser River Chinook stocks, as well as an update on the marine and freshwater environment.
The Canadian Fish and Seafood Opportunities Fund (CFSOF) was first launched in December 2018. It is a national marketing program that supports industry organizations in their efforts to address key market-access issues, as well as branding and promotion opportunities for Canada’s world-class fish and seafood sector, through national and regional initiatives.
Canada’s fish and seafood sector is essential to our collective food security and our economy. In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadians and businesses, the need to promote Canadian food products at home and abroad has never been greater.