With the world’s longest coastline and connected to three oceans, Canada is well positioned to be a global leader in the blue economy – an economy that creates good, middle-class jobs, while ensuring healthy oceans and sustainable ocean industries.
Canada’s fisheries are the backbone of many coastal communities and a driving force in our national economy.
At the same time, the seafood sector is a rapidly shifting environment – competition is intensifying and consumers are looking for sustainability and quality. That is why the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia are making strategic investments in the fish and seafood sector through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund –
to help ensure the sector can continue to meet these changing demands and to capitalize on the industry’s tremendous growth potential.
Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, the Premier of British Columbia, the Honourable John Horgan, and the B.C. Parliamentary Secretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Fin Donnelly, announced funding for four projects under the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF). Over the next four years, more than $4M in funding will be delivered to support projects that will help restore salmon habitats across B.C.
Canada’s oceans are essential to our economy, our ecosystems, and communities from coast to coast to coast but our oceans are changing. Ocean observation and monitoring are critical for understanding these changes and protecting our oceans. That’s why the Government of Canada continues to invest in an open-access national system for ocean observation to support a variety of economic sectors and research efforts to understand, monitor and manage activities in the marine and coastal environments.
Canada’s fisheries are the backbone of many coastal communities and a driving force in our national economy. The seafood sector is a rapidly shifting environment – competition is intensifying, consumers are looking for sustainability and quality. That is why the Government of Canada and the Province of Prince Edward Island are making strategic investments in the Island’s fish and seafood sector through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) advises that the start of the groundfish ice fishing season on the Saguenay Fjord has been delayed and will now begin on January 23, 2021 and end on March 7, 2021. This decision, taken in conjunction with the authorities in charge of this activity, was made necessary for safety reasons. The very mild temperature currently prevents the formation of a safe ice cover for ice fishing enthusiasts.
Lost, abandoned and discarded fishing gear, or ‘ghost gear,’ is one of the largest causes of marine pollution today. In response to this growing issue, the Government of Canada launched the Ghost Gear Fund in January 2020, supporting 26 projects to retrieve and reduce ghost gear in our oceans. Estimates show that these funded projects, plus others, have since removed 63 tonnes of lost or discarded fishing gear from coastal waters in Atlantic Canada in 2020 – the equivalent weight of 11 elephants.