As Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, I'm thrilled to mark this year's Western Arctic Oceans Day, which is being celebrated on July 1st in Sachs Harbour, the most northern community in the Northwest Territories.
Vancouver, B.C. – Officials from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Province of British Columbia provide details regarding the significant rock slide that occurred upstream of a narrow portion of the Fraser River near Big Bar, BC creating a 5m waterfall. The obstruction raises concerns about whether salmon migrating upstream can reach their spawning grounds. The federal and provincial governments are working together with local First nations, communities and stakeholders to coordinate efforts and determine next steps.
Demand for fish and seafood as a high-protein food source is increasing significantly worldwide and putting pressure on wild fish populations. Approximately half of the seafood consumed worldwide is produced by the aquaculture industry, which is and will remain an important source of seafood-based protein.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Government of British Columbia are very concerned about a significant rock slide that occurred near Big Bar, BC just north of Lillooet, BC. Between June 21st and 23rd, 2019 a large slab of rock calved off just upstream of a narrow portion of the Fraser River near Big Bar, creating a 5m waterfall. The sheer magnitude of the obstruction raises concerns about whether salmon migrating upstream can reach their spawning grounds.
The Government of Canada takes the protection, conservation, and recovery of endangered species very seriously. For the past three years, we have taken concrete action to help protect the North Atlantic right whales, who have been increasingly present in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence in recent years. Unfortunately, a number of North Atlantic right whales have died in Canadian waters this season.
Canada is fortunate to have some of the most spectacular waterbodies in the world, serving as a home to rich biodiversity and precious ecosystems that need protection from unlawful exploitation and interference.
The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, will be at the Institute of Ocean Sciences to unveil a major asset for the Canadian Coast Guard and ocean science research.