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Minister Wilkinson speaks with members of the UBC Women in Science Club

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, was at the University of British Columbia on International Women’s Day and met with the Women in Science group where he spoke of the importance of celebrating women and girls in underrepresented fields, especially science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and heard from their experience.

Protecting Canada’s endangered whales through scientific research and collaboration: Whale Science for Tomorrow

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | backgrounders

The Government of Canada is committed to taking action to protect endangered marine mammals, including three priority species: the Southern Resident Killer Whale, the North Atlantic Right Whale and the St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga. In the Whale Science for Tomorrow initiative, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada are partnering to provide $2.9 million in funding to Canadian universities for scientific research on these whale populations, strengthening knowledge to support decision-making, conservation and recovery efforts. This initiative will draw on the knowledge and experience of marine mammal experts and support three major research projects at Dalhousie University, the University of British Columbia and the Université du Québec à Montréal. This investment will support approximately 24 jobs in the next two to four years.

Government of Canada announces significant investments in scientific research to protect Canada’s endangered whales

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Canada’s whales are iconic and breathtaking animals that are a vital part of our marine ecosystems. They are treasured by Canadians, hold significant cultural value for Indigenous and coastal communities, and boost local economies that rely on tourism. The Government of Canada is committed both to conserving whales and to strengthening our economy. We are taking action in collaboration with three Canadian universities to better understand the pressures facing endangered whales and to protect them from further harm.

Member of Parliament Ken McDonald and Provincial Minister Mitchelmore to make an important announcement on fisheries and aquaculture clean technologies in Newfoundland and Labrador

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | media advisories

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador – The Member of Parliament for Avalon, Ken McDonald, on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, along with the Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, will make an announcement related to the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program in St. John’s, NL.

Government of Canada’s Investment in ocean observation technology contributes to safer coastal waters and more resilient coastal communities

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Ocean observation is important to understanding how our oceans are changing and predicting how our coasts and fisheries are affected by those changes. Increasing the availability and sharing of ocean science and data ensures Canadians can safely navigate through our coastal waters, maintain our coastal economy, and build resilient coastal infrastructure.

Collecting vital baseline data on the state of coastal ecosystems Oceans Protection Plan

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Canada’s coastal areas are vital to the livelihood of countless Indigenous and coastal communities. They are home to culturally and economically important fisheries, attract tourism and recreation, and allow the import and export of goods through responsible shipping. Under the Oceans Protection Plan, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is working with Indigenous and coastal communities, in addition to regional stakeholders, to develop and implement a Coastal Environmental Baseline Program.

Advancement on the State of Salmon Aquaculture Technology

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

In December, the Government of Canada announced a new approach to aquaculture that is focused on ensuring Canada’s aquaculture industry is economically successful and environmentally sustainable.

Spring Icebreaking on the Saguenay River

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Québec, Quebec – The Canadian Coast Guard advises residents and visitors along the Saguenay Fjord that the CCGS Des Groseilliers will begin spring icebreaking operations as early as March 11, 2019.

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