On May 10, 2019, the Government of Canada (Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Transport Canada) signed a Conservation Agreement with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and six other member organizations of the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program.
The Government of Canada has formally recognized that the Southern Resident killer whale face imminent threats to their survival and recovery, and that saving these iconic mammals requires comprehensive and immediate action.
Canada has some of the most spectacular coastlines in the world, and our oceans are home to marine life of many kinds, including the iconic Southern Resident killer whale. These awe-inspiring mammals are celebrated by British Columbians and all Canadians and hold significant cultural meaning for coastal First Nations.
Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, and the Member of Parliament for Cumberland — Colchester, Bill Casey, met with the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq to discuss plans for their Coastal Restoration Fund projects in the Northumberland Strait and the Bay of Fundy.
Vancouver, B.C. – The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Terry Beech will make an important announcement on the protection and recovery of the endangered Southern Resident killer whale.
Canada’s fishery officers perform a crucial role in conserving and protecting Canada’s marine and coastal areas, as well as fisheries resources and habitat. On May 2, 2019, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Sean Casey, welcomed 23 new fishery officers at a graduation ceremony at the RCMP Training Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan.
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced today that the Maliseet Nation Conservation Council (MNCC) will receive more than $400,000 over four years for a Coastal Restoration Fund project to help restore Atlantic salmon fish habitat in Wolastoq, tributaries and coastal habitats in Saint John, New Brunswick.