The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Sean Casey, will make an important announcement regarding funding provided to international organisations to protect our waters from oil spills.
Victoria, British Columbia – The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, and B.C. Premier, the Honourable John Horgan, will make an important announcement relating to the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund. Announced in November 2018, the Fund will focus on salmon habitat protection and restoration as well as ensuring the fish and seafood sector in British Columbia is positioned for long-term environmental and economic sustainability.
Canada’s coasts are home to vitally important fisheries and marine ecosystems. They provide valuable tourism and recreational opportunities, while creating a critical connection between land and sea that enables trade between Canada and distant ports through safe and responsible shipping. They support the livelihood, well-being and cultural heritage of numerous Indigenous and coastal communities.
Canada’s fish and seafood sector is a growing and vital part of the Canadian economy, providing good middle class jobs and providing economic opportunity to coastal communities. Canadian exports of fish and seafood increased to almost $7 billion in 2018. Seafood Expo North America provides an important world wide platform and opportunity for further growth of Canada’s fish and seafood industry.
The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of protecting the biodiversity and quality of Canada’s waters, including the Great Lakes. We are preserving and protecting the Great Lakes and their considerable social, economic and spiritual benefits from the harmful impacts of invasive species.
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, and his PEI counterpart, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Robert Henderson met in Prince Edward Island this week. Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the PEI department of Agriculture and Fisheries have always had a strong relationship, and this latest meeting further reinforced that.
Saint John, New Brunswick – The Member of Parliament for Saint John-Rothesay, Wayne Long, will announce on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, investments in coastal research initiatives in New Brunswick.