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New marine refuges off the coasts of Nunavut and Newfoundland and Labrador

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On December 21, 2017, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the establishment of seven new marine refuges that will contribute an additional 145,598km2 of protected ocean area to Canada’s coasts. This represents an additional 2.53% of protected ocean, bringing Canada’s current total to 7.75%.

Southern Resident Killer Whales

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The Government of Canada is committed to taking action to support the recovery of the Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) off the coast of British Columbia. This includes reducing the impact of contaminants that threaten the recovery of resident killer whale populations, improving their access to an adequate and accessible food supply, and reducing the underwater noise levels within their habitat. The government is also strengthening science, including new research into cumulative effects to establish baselines to inform actions and reducing the impacts of underwater vessel noise.

Abandoned and Wrecked Vessel Removal Program

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The goal of the Abandoned and Wrecked Vessels Removal Program is to reduce the number of abandoned or wrecked vessels located in federally-owned small craft harbours. Contribution funding in the amount of $1.3 million over the next five years will be available to harbour authorities and other eligible recipients to undertake the removal and disposal of abandoned or wrecked vessels at small craft harbours owned by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Laurentian Channel Proposed Marine Protected Area

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has proposed the Laurentian Channel, located off the southwest coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) under the Oceans Act. The designation is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to developing a national network of MPAs and to reaching its domestic and international targets by increasing the proportion of Canada’s protected marine and coastal areas to 5% by 2017 and 10% by 2020.

Pacific Science Enterprise Centre Open House

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As part of the Government of Canada’s new investments in ocean and freshwater science, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is investing in the development of two Science Enterprise Centres (SECs): the Gulf Fisheries Centre in Moncton, NB and the Centre for Aquaculture and Environmental Research (CAER) in West Vancouver, BC.

Maurice Lamontagne Institute, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region

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Located in Mont-Joli, Quebec, on the shores of the St. Lawrence Estuary, the Maurice Lamontagne Institute is part of a network of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) research centres. Inaugurated in 1987, it is one of the world's major francophone marine sciences centres.

Ice Assistance Emergency Program

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) will provide financial assistance, through the Ice Assistance Emergency Program, to eligible fishers in affected areas of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Quebec, who have been prevented or delayed from fishing because of severe ice conditions in their fishing areas. On behalf of DFO, assistance payments will be issued by Service Canada to eligible recipients.

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