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Scientists travel to Gulf of St. Lawrence to study North Atlantic right whale

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

The well-being of the endangered North Atlantic right whale population is of great concern to Canadians and its protection is a priority for the Government of Canada. We continue our commitment to taking an evidence-based approach to protect these endangered whales while continuing to promote sustainable opportunities for economic growth.


Government of Canada invests in marine science initiative led by the University of Waterloo in Iqaluit, Nunavut

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Canada’s Arctic coasts are home to an abundant marine ecosystem that supports the livelihood and culture of Inuit communities living in the North. We know that this environment is changing due to the impacts of climate change, biodiversity loss and persistent chemicals that are present in the North. Protecting this bounty for future generations requires science, data and Inuit knowledge. More data is needed so that we can track environmental changes as they happen over time.


Government of Canada signs historic reconciliation agreement with B.C. Coastal First Nations

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

There is no relationship more important to the Government of Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples. We are committed to advancing a renewed relationship with Indigenous communities based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership. Canada is working to modernize and strengthen nation-to-nation, government-to-government structures, and through this, to support the First Nations-led development of new economic opportunities, including in the fisheries.


The Government of Canada Invests In Wade’s Landing Small Craft Harbour in Northern Ontario

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Communities across Canada are supported by small craft harbours that 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 and work with municipalities and other stakeholders where investments and divestitures can support local communities.


Ministers Wilkinson and Gould focus on Great Lakes protection at Burlington’s Canada Centre for Inland Waters

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, and Minister of Democratic Institutions and Member of Parliament for Burlington, Karina Gould visited the Canada Centre for Inland Waters and the CCGS Limnos. During the visit, they received updates on a number of DFO science and operational programs conducted at these world class research labs and met many dedicated research scientists working to protect the Great Lakes.


Minister Wilkinson visits the Marine Science Institute in Rimouski

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson visited this morning the marine science institute (Institut des sciences de la mer)(ISMER) in Rimouski. ISMER Director Ariane Plourde took the opportunity to present their main research projects and to discuss the productive collaborative arrangements between Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientists and ISMER scientists, particularly in hydroacoustics, physical oceanography, coastal ecology, fisheries ecology and resource management. In June 2018, the Department and the University of Quebec in Rimouski (UQAR) signed a scientific collaborative arrangement that promotes the implementation of joint projects and the sharing of expertise between Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Maurice Lamontagne Institute and the ISMER. The Minister’s visit ended with a tour, together with students, of Professor Dominique Robert’s laboratory, where he is conducting his work on cod.


Government of Canada announces new investments in science initiatives to support whale protection efforts

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Canada has some of the most spectacular coastlines in the world, and our oceans are home to marine life of many kinds. Some of our remarkable marine mammals, including the St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga, North Atlantic Right Whale and Southern Resident Killer Whale, continue to face significant challenges from shipping traffic, underwater noise, marine contaminants, entanglements in fishing gear and other environmental threats.


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