Recent reports from Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans highlight that climate change is impacting our oceans, rivers and lakes. Oceans surrounding Canada have warmed, become more acidic, and less oxygenated, consistent with observed global ocean changes over the past century.
Canada is an ocean nation. With the longest coastline in the world, Canadians rely on healthy and sustainable oceans. Marine ecosystems support good jobs as well as a vast amount of marine biodiversity including fish, whales and sea birds. That is why the Government of Canada is taking action to ensure the conservation and long-term protection of our oceans.
The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize the economic and cultural significance of the fish and seafood sector to many of their coastal communities. The sector provides close to 7,000 jobs in Quebec, and its fish and seafood exports were valued at over $416 million in 2018.
QUÉBEC – Easter is often a time when people living in coastal communities on the North Shore, the Gaspé Peninsula and the Magdalen Islands get together for a hearty dinner including shellfish. This is a tradition that has gone on for generations. The Government of Canada wants to remind Quebec residents to avoid eating shellfish harvested from closed areas.
Coastal communities across Canada are supported by small craft harbours that bolster local economies and provide the commercial fishing industry with safe and accessible facilities. With approximately 45,000 Canadians employed in this sector, the Government of Canada is making investments to renew its network of small craft harbours across the country and work with municipalities and other stakeholders where investments and divestitures can enhance local communities.
Recreational fisheries boost our local economies and provide opportunities for Canadians to come together and enjoy our natural resources. The Government of Canada is pleased to continue to allow opportunities for anglers this year.
Atlantic salmon is a species of social, cultural and ceremonial importance throughout Atlantic Canada and beyond. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced today that mandatory catch and release management measures for the Atlantic salmon recreational fishery remains in place for 2019 in the rivers draining into the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Over the past 50 years, the world’s wildlife populations have declined by 60%. In Canada, 521 species have been identified as being at risk under the Species at Risk Act and the list is growing. Recent assessments by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada for Chinook salmon from the Fraser River system have found Chinook are also in danger of disappearing from Canada.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region, wants to inform the Lower St. Lawrence population that, according to the Quebec Region Variation Order 2019-Q-753, the recreational fishing for Softshell Clam and Blue Mussel, in the shellfish harvesting area Baie du Ha! Ha! (B-03.5), is closed for conservation reasons until further notice.