There has never been a clearer opportunity for Canada to secure our blue future. As a nation of three oceans and nearly 250,000 kilometres of coastline and existing strengths in innovation, we have a unique competitive edge.
The Government of Canada recognizes that protecting and sustaining aquatic species at risk is critically important to ecosystem health and thriving fisheries. To that end, the government continues to take concrete and comprehensive action to help protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from fishing gear entanglements and collisions with vessels so that the population can grow and rebuild.
Sidney, B.C. – The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard will announce the release of the Canada’s Oceans Now: Pacific Ecosystems, 2021 report. A media availability will follow.
Through the Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (PICFI), the Government of Canada is investing $11.8 million to support First Nations commercial fisheries enterprises for the benefit of Indigenous communities across British Columbia. These PICFI investments support new business and training opportunities and increased fisheries access for 31 Indigenous commercial fisheries companies representing 117 First Nations. PICFI is co-developed, co-designed and co-delivered in collaboration with Indigenous partners.
The Government of Canada is committed to a renewed relationship with Indigenous Peoples based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership. Delivering on this commitment, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Joyce Murray today announced investments of $11.8 million that will support First Nations commercial fisheries enterprises for the benefit of Indigenous communities under the Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (PICFI).
The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard will announce the release of the Canada’s Oceans Now: Pacific Ecosystems, 2021 report. A media availability will follow.
Several Provincial Court cases in the last two years highlight the potential costs, both financial and legal, of obstructing fishery officers. Conservation and Protection officers from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) have a wide range of powers to enforce the rules and regulations set out in Canada’s Fisheries Act. Failure to comply has led to charges and fines for individuals and companies.
Nanaimo, B.C. – The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, with representatives from Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood LP and SalPac Fisheries LP, will announce investments in 52 commercial fisheries projects that will benefit 117 First Nations communities across British Columbia. A media availability will follow.
In recent years, climate change, habitat loss and fishing pressures have negatively affected Pacific salmon at every stage of their lifecycle. In an effort to fill gaps in our understanding of salmon distribution, productivity, and survival in coastal and high seas environments - under changing global climate conditions - the research ship CCGS Sir John Franklin is setting off on a five-week expedition in the North Pacific Ocean to undertake the first ever pan-Pacific survey of five species of pacific salmon.