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Government of Canada research facility accredited to international standards for eDNA work for early detection of aquatic invasive species

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Aquatic invasive species are harmful to Canada’s aquatic plants, animals and habitats. They can cause great economic strain and permanent damage to the aquatic ecosystems and species that Canadians depend on for food, jobs, and culture. The Government of Canada is committed to taking a science-based approach to prevent the introduction, establishment, and spread of aquatic invasive species.

Government of Canada releases report to guide the path towards tidal energy projects in Bay of Fundy

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

The development and expansion of renewable energy can be key to advancing Canada’s climate objectives, and the powerful tides of the Bay of Fundy on Canada’s east coast provide an excellent opportunity to source renewable energy. The Bay of Fundy is also home to diverse marine species that are of economic, social and cultural importance to Indigenous and coastal communities, including aquatic species at risk. Therefore, tidal energy projects must be carried out in a way that is consistent with the protection of aquatic species and their habitat.

Commercial vessel master fined $250,000 for fishing illegally in Glass Sponge Reef Refuge

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

On January 31, 2024, sentencing was handed down to the vessel master of the commercial prawn fishing vessel Darkstar, after a long-running court case. The Honourable Judge S.M. Merrick sentenced the individual to pay a fine of $250,000 and forfeit all gear seized (with an approximate value of $80,000) after previously finding him guilty on May 24, 2023, of a total of 13 violations of Canada’s Fisheries Act.

Richmond seafood processing company fined $40,000 for undersized crabs

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Richmond, BC - A routine inspection of commercial seafood processing plants by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) fishery officers in January 2023 resulted in a fine of $40,000. On December 6, 2023, Tenshi Seafood Limited was handed down the fine in Richmond Provincial Court after pleading guilty to the possession of undersize crabs by a commercial business, which is a violation of Canada’s Fisheries Act.

Government of Canada invests in the ongoing prevention of invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussels on the west coast

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is committed to preventing the introduction, establishment, and spread of aquatic invasive species, including Zebra and Quagga Mussels. In May 2023, DFO announced $8.75 million in contribution funding over five years as part of the newly created Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Fund (AISPF). The AISPF funds eligible organizations and projects that focus on preventing the introduction and establishment of aquatic invasive species across Canada.

In Solution Mode: The Government of Canada launches its transition plan for the future of fisheries in Quebec and Atlantic Canada

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

The Government of Canada recognizes that some fisheries in Quebec and Atlantic Canada are facing serious challenges, including climate change and the resulting disruption of aquatic ecosystems. Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, announced a transition plan that will help fish harvesters in Canada’s coastal communities, and give them the predictability they need to continue their important work in the years ahead.

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