In recognition of Labrador’s important contribution to the ocean-based economy, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is enhancing its presence in Labrador to better serve its clients. By re-profiling the existing DFO office in Happy Valley-Goose Bay into an Area office and establishing a new Area Director position as well as a number of other new positions, the Department will increase its service capacity to the Big Land and its people.
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, and Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Honourable Dwight Ball, will make an important joint announcement related to the Atlantic Fisheries Fund in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
The health of our oceans matters to all of us. The Government of Canada is dedicated to protecting our oceans and waterways and to keeping them clean, secure and productive for the benefit of all Canadians, now and into the future. We also recognize that scientific research is fundamental to evidence-based decision-making when planning and carrying out marine conservation efforts.
The following twelve Indigenous coastal communities have received a total of close to $2.7 million funding to purchase search and rescue boats and related equipment under the second year of the Indigenous Community Boat Volunteer Pilot Program.
On August 9, 2019, the Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, and the Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade and the Member of Parliament for Beauséjour, the Honourable Dominic Leblanc, will make an announcement related to the Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre (ASEC). Photo opportunities will be available for media in attendance. The ministers will be available to media after the event.
On August 8, 2019 Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest Karen Ludwig will share details about the Government of Canada’s plan to improve the small craft harbour in North Head on Grand Manan Island. Photo opportunities will be available for media in attendance.
The Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia are pleased to announce funding of more than $1 million for 14 projects through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund. This funding will help to support the adoption of new technology and partnership that will improve the effectiveness of the fish and seafood sector.
With the longest coastline in the world, Canada’s coastal communities rely on the fish and seafood industry as an integral contributor to local and regional economies. In Canada about 350, 000 jobs rely on sustainable fisheries.