Wild salmon are an iconic species that hold significant cultural value to Canadians. The International Year of the Salmon aims to raise awareness, and inspire action to protect salmon populations around the world.
As part of this commitment to scientific excellence, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change announced today that Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada will each establish a Departmental Science Advisor position. These new positions will further grow the network of science advisors across the federal government, which Canada’s new Chief Science Advisor Dr. Mona Nemer identified as an important step in strengthening science advice within government.
The Government of Canada uses sound, scientific advice to protect our aquatic ecosystems and to support sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced today that Fisheries and Oceans Canada has launched a science review to assess the risks to Fraser River sockeye salmon due to Piscine Reovirus (PRV) transfer from Atlantic salmon farms located in the Discovery Islands area of British Columbia.
Halifax, Nova Scotia – One Canadian out of five live in communities along our ocean coasts and over 300,000 Canadian jobs are tied to the marine sector. Our Government recognizes that a prosperous economy depends on healthy and sustainable oceans, here in Canada and around the world. Our oceans and fisheries face fundamental threats. These challenges are global in nature and require a global response that involves scientific evidence, collaborative partnerships and concrete action.
A group of recreational harvesters were found guilty in Sechelt Provincial Court on June 21, 2018 of violations of the Fisheries Act committed in the Egmont area, on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast. The Honourable Judge Steven Merrick ordered Li-Chao Tang to pay a fine of $5,000, be prohibited from recreational fishing in tidal waters for one year, plus forfeit a seized vessel, all of its contents, and all of the associated fishing gear, valued at approximately $15,000. Judge Merrick fined Cho Cheung and Kwong Tzang $3,500 each, fined Yu Tong $3,000, and ordered the same one year fishing prohibition for all three men.
The community of Delhaven on the Pereaux Road in Kings County, Nova Scotia, is receiving a significant federal investment that will benefit the local economy. Coastal communities across Canada are supported by small craft harbours that provide the commercial fishing industry with safe and accessible facilities. With approximately 44,000 Canadians employed in this sector, the Government of Canada is making investments to renew its network of small craft harbours and enhance local communities.
Through the Oceans Protections Plan, the Government of Canada is working to improve our country’s capacity to prevent and respond to environmental emergencies. Ensuring the Canadian Coast Guard has the equipment it needs to lead the response to marine pollution incidents in Canadian waters is an essential part of this Plan.
A dozen communities throughout eastern Newfoundland are welcoming significant federal investments that will benefit the local economy. Coastal communities across Canada are supported by small craft harbours that provide the commercial fishing industry with safe and accessible facilities. With approximately 44,000 Canadians employed in this sector, the Government of Canada is making investments to renew its network of small craft harbours and work with municipalities and other stakeholders where investments and divestitures can enhance local communities.