The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec recognize the economic and cultural significance of the fish and seafood sector to many of their coastal communities. The sector provides close to 7,000 jobs in Quebec, and its fish and seafood exports were valued at over $416 million in 2018.
The Government of Canada is committed to a renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership. Building on this commitment, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, and the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, together with Chief Arren Sock of the Elsipogtog First Nation and Chief Alvery Paul of the Esgenoôpetitj First Nation, announced today that they have agreed to a long-term plan to advance reconciliation in the fisheries. This will benefit the Mi’kmaq communities of Elsipogtog and Esgenoôpetitj and the broader fishing communities in New Brunswick.
Today, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, Sean Fraser were in Tangier, Nova Scotia to meet with fish harvesters and other invested Nova Scotians to discuss ideas regarding conservation of the unique ecosystem on the Eastern Shore.
With the longest coastline in the world, Canada’s coastal communities rely on the success and sustainability of our fish and seafood industry as an integral contributor to local and regional economies. This is why our Government and the Province of Prince Edward Island today announced funding support to fifteen regional organizations through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund.
The Honorable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine, on behalf of the Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard will announce a contribution from the Quebec Fisheries Fund to the Association des pêcheurs de pétoncles des Îles-de-la-Madeleine.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Province of Prince Edward Island are pleased to announce funding of $6,979,864 for fifteen organizations through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund. The funding will help adopt new technologies and equipment to improve the productivity and sustainability of the aquaculture sector in the province.
The protection and conservation of our natural environment and wildlife is core to our Canadian identity. The Government of Canada is committed to working with all Canadians to protect and restore our critically important biodiversity.
Canada’s natural environment and wildlife are undeniably an integral part of our lives, and our livelihood. It is a core commitment of the Government of Canada to protect our aquatic life and environment from the impacts of a changing climate, as well as from the threat of invasive species.