Today I join many of my colleagues, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Canadian Coast Guard employees, and Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada from coast to coast to coast in marking the start of National Indigenous History Month.
The Government of Canada is committed to protecting our oceans and keeping them healthy, clean and safe for future generations. Under Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is making major investments in science to help protect our coasts and waterways from the impacts of potential oil spills.
The Member of Parliament for Halifax, Andy Fillmore, will announce investments in oceans research partnerships in Nova Scotia. The announcement will be done on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson.
Climate change continues to have a major impact in the Arctic. Melting sea ice means that areas that were once inaccessible are opening up to potential commercial interest and activity. That is why today the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Sean Casey, announced that Canada has ratified the historic Agreement to Prevent Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean. This is the first international agreement of this magnitude to be reached before any commercial fishing has taken place in a high seas area.
While in Newfoundland and Labrador the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson along with Ken McDonald the Member of Parliament for Avalon, met with representatives of the Harbour Authority at the Foxtrap Small Craft Harbours site located in Conception Bay South. Harbour Authority representatives welcomed the Minister and Member of Parliament with a tour of the site to observe the construction activities of a new marginal wharf and concrete launch way.
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson and Member of Parliament for Avalon Ken McDonald met today with the crew of Coast Guard Atlantic Region’s Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) Station in Conception Bay South, NL.
While in Newfoundland and Labrador the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, took the opportunity to meet with Harbour Authority representatives at the Fort Amherst (Prosser Rock) Small Craft Harbours site in St. John’s.
The Government knows the importance of implementing evidence based policies relating to aquaculture. With this in mind, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, will create an external Advisory Committee on Aquaculture Science, and will immediately launch a public process to select Committee members.
Yesterday, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Sean Casey and Member of Parliament for Miramichi—Grand Lake, Pat Finnigan traveled to the Miramichi River to observe Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s technicians and collaborators from local non-profit organizations carry out a daily check of a fish trap on the river.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s annual on-water operations to detect the presence of Asian carps in the Canadian waters of the Great Lakes has resumed for the 2019 season. The surveillance operations, which run from May into late October, involve the targeted sampling of 37 Canadian tributaries by 18 field staff organized into five Asian Carp Program sampling crews.