Under the Oceans Protection Plan, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is bringing together top researchers from across the country and around the world to increase our understanding of how oil spills behave, how best to contain them and clean them up, and how to minimize their environmental impacts.
Recent reports from Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans highlight that climate change is impacting our oceans, rivers and lakes. Oceans surrounding Canada have warmed, become more acidic, and less oxygenated, consistent with observed global ocean changes over the past century.
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, and the Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, Karen Ludwig, will announce investments in research partnerships in New Brunswick. Following the announcement, Minister Wilkinson and MP Ludwig will be joined by Donald Killorn, Executive Director of the Eastern Charlotte Waterways, and Benjamin de Jourdan, Research Scientist of the Huntsman Marine Science Centre, for a discussion about the impacts of climate change on the fishery.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada has designated the Laurentian Channel Marine Protected Area (MPA) to help safeguard the area’s unique marine environment. The establishment of this new MPA is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to conserving 10% of Canada’s marine and coastal areas by 2020.
Canada is an ocean nation. With the longest coastline in the world, Canadians rely on healthy and sustainable oceans. Marine ecosystems support good jobs as well as a vast amount of marine biodiversity including fish, whales and sea birds. That is why the Government of Canada is taking action to ensure the conservation and long-term protection of our oceans.
Last year, Fisheries and Oceans Canada appointed an independent National Advisory Panel to consult with Canadians about marine protection standards. Following extensive consultations across the country, the Panel delivered its report to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, on September 26, 2018. Based on the recommendations by the Panel, the Government of Canada has adopted a new approach to marine conservation, including protection standards to strengthen the conservation of our oceans.
The governments of Canada and 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.
Dartmouth, NS – Darren Fisher, Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour, will join fishery officers for the on-water portion of their Marine Mammal Response Training, provided under the Oceans Protection Plan.
Québec (Quebec) – The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, and the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec, Mr. André Lamontagne, will make an important announcement to support Quebec's fisheries and seafood industry, along with Member of Parliament for Gaspésie—Les-Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister of National Revenue, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier.