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Management decision for Newfoundland and Labrador’s Northern cod Stewardship Fishery 

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Cod is culturally and economically important to the people in Newfoundland and Labrador. Fisheries and Oceans Canada understands the heavy responsibility of fishery decisions, and the very real impact they have on the livelihoods of Canadians. When making decisions we consider the best available scientific advice, stakeholder input as well as economic impact.

Transition Plan for Open-Net Pen Salmon Farming in British Columbia

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | backgrounders

The Minister has been mandated by the Prime Minister to work with the Province of British Columbia (BC) and Indigenous communities on a responsible plan to transition from open-net pen salmon farming in coastal BC waters by 2025.

Government of Canada outlines next steps in transition from open-net pen salmon farming in British Columbia 

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Wild Pacific salmon are of great importance to communities in British Columbia, both culturally and economically. However, wild Pacific salmon are facing historic threats and experiencing significant population declines. It is a Government of Canada priority to protect and restore our oceans and coasts. Part of that work includes a mandate commitment to transition from open-net pen salmon aquaculture in British Columbia’s coastal waters in a manner that protects wild salmon, the environment, and the economy.

Management Plan Released for Atlantic Herring in Southwest Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Atlantic herring is a vital species in Atlantic Canada. As one of the largest commercial fisheries in Atlantic Canada, the Southwest Nova Scotia / Bay of Fundy herring stock directly or indirectly employs more than 1,000 people in rural Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and contributes over $140 million to the local economy.

New small craft harbour will improve safety and bring economic benefits to Clyde River

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

The Government of Canada understands the need for safe and accessible harbours for hunters, harvesters, commercial fishers, and others in the Arctic. The federal government is committed to working with communities in Nunavut to deliver infrastructure that improves lives and helps to build stronger communities.

Government of Canada releases report on the state of Canadian Pacific marine ecosystems

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Canada’s beautiful West Coast is home to unique marine ecosystems and iconic species, all contributing to the cultural identity of British Columbia. Seamounts, hydrothermal vents and glass sponge reefs highlight the incredible biodiversity that lies below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. But changes to the climate are making the waters warmer, more acidic, less oxygenated, causing some habitat and species loss, and impacting marine food webs. As stewards of our Pacific waters, it is important for us to understand how ocean conditions and aquatic life are being directly and indirectly affected by climate change and human activity, so we can continue to find sustainable solutions to protect and restore coastal areas and deep offshore waters, while ensuring sustainable fishing opportunities for present and future generations.

Backgrounder – United Nations Ocean Science Decade endorsed projects

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | backgrounders

Launched in 2021, the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for sustainable development aims to reverse the global decline in ocean health to ensure we have a sustainable ocean for future generations. The Government of Canada, in collaboration with domestic and international partners, has engaged in various targeted initiatives and activities to advance Ocean Decade outcomes and to help inform ocean policies and decisions to conserve our ocean and support sustainable development.

On World Oceans Day 2022 the Government of Canada works to conserve Canada’s oceans 

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Canadian waters are home to diverse marine ecosystems, unique features, and important species that contribute not only to the health of our oceans, but to our cultural identity. With the impacts of climate change evident around the world, the work to prevent biodiversity loss and protect marine species and habitats has become urgent. Understanding how ocean conditions and aquatic life are being affected by climate change and human activity leads to more sustainable solutions to conserve Canadian’s waters, while ensuring fishing opportunities.

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