The Canadian Coast Guard operates a large and diverse array of assets across Canada, including a fleet of 117 vessels, 22 helicopters, some 17,000 aids to navigation and more than 420 communications towers. Together, they contribute to the safe passage through Canadian waters of more than 5,600 commercial vessels, 18,000 commercial fishers, and 6 million recreational boaters each year.
As part of the Government of Canada's commitment to creating a national network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) under the Oceans Act (1996) and plan to reach its domestic and international marine conservation targets supported by Budget 2016, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) designated Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam as the newest official marine protected area on November 16, 2016.
The M/V Kathryn Spirit was built in 1967. The vessel had been in operation as a merchant ship for many years. The vessel has been bought by Excavation René Saint-Pierre Inc., and towed on September 8, 2011 to its current location in Beauharnois, in the Montérégie region, in the facilities of Excavation René St-Pierre Inc. in order to be dismantled on site.
Partnerships and collaborations with universities, environmental organizations, Indigenous groups and other stakeholders ensure that we have access to the best available science to make decisions about Canada's oceans, lakes and rivers.
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During the 2016 Arctic Survey, bathymetric and geophysical data about the shape and composition of the seabed will be collected to help define the outer limits of Canada's continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean.
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the Government of Canada's commitment to put in place a plan to reach its domestic and international marine conservation targets of protecting 5 percent of Canada's marine and coastal areas by 2017 and 10 percent by 2020.
The Government of Canada is committed to the protection of Canada's wild salmon stocks. To do so, and in line with the Cohen Commission recommendations, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is collaborating with the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Genome BC on a multi-year Strategic Salmon Health Initiative (SSHI). This initiative is an eight year, four-phase project that merges genomics and fish health technologies to map microbes in British Columbia (BC) salmon. In addition, it is intended to better understand the microbes' possible origins and potential mechanisms of interactions with wild and cultured salmon.