The Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche, René Arseneault, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced on Thursday the official re-opening of the Fisheries and Oceans office in Kedgwick , New Brunswick.
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.
Watching whales and other marine mammals in their natural surroundings gives Canadians an opportunity to better appreciate these beautiful animals, but when humans get too close to wildlife in their habitat, we risk disturbing and even harming marine wildlife.
The protection and restoration of the environment is a top priority of the Government of Canada, which is providing resources through the Oceans Protection Plan for environmental protection and restoration. Canadians and future generations will benefit from healthier ecosystems that support marine wildlife, as a result of Canada-wide Coastal Restoration Fund projects.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Nunavut Agreement, the Government of Canada, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, and the Government of Nunavut have issued a joint statement on the development of fishery regulations for the Nunavut Settlement Area (NSA). The Joint Statement on the Development of Fishery Regulations for the Nunavut Settlement Area builds on the significant progress made in recent months to implement the Nunavut Agreement in all future regulation of the territory’s fisheries under the Fisheries Act.
Fort Amherst (Prosser’s Rock) Small Boat Basin in St. John’s and small craft harbours across Newfoundland and Labrador are welcoming a significant federal announcement that will benefit the local economy.
Seamounts are underwater mountains that are home to an abundance of marine species, from cold-water corals and sponges to Bocaccio and killer whales. These ecosystems are important to maintaining biodiversity in the ocean and contribute greatly to its health. Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Haida Nation, Oceana Canada and Ocean Networks Canada are working together to further ocean research and help protect seamounts in the Pacific Ocean.
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Burnaby North-Seymour, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, presented a National Recreational Fisheries Award to the Fraser River Peacemakers today. Ernie Crey and Rod Clapton accepted the award on behalf of the organization.
Sidney, British Columbia - The Government of Canada is committed to protecting whales and species at risk. Knowing where and how many there are in Canadian waters informs how we can continue to safeguard these marine mammals for generations to come.
Today, the Government of Canada and the Province of Quebec announced their firm intention to establish the first joint Marine Protected Area ─ the Banc-des-Américains ─ located off the eastern tip of the Gaspé Peninsula. This will be the first project under the Canada-Quebec Collaborative Agreement to establish a network of marine protected areas in the Estuary and Gulf of the St. Lawrence.