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Government of Canada reopens Silver Islet Small Craft Harbour on Lake Superior following essential rehabilitation work

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Local harbours are an essential part of communities across Canada. On our coasts and inland waters more than 5,000 volunteers dedicate their time and energy to assist with the operations of small craft harbours. Small Craft Harbours is a nationwide program run by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) that helps keep our harbours safe and accessible to all fish harvesters and other community members for recreational use. DFO recognizes the importance of volunteers who work hard to provide harbour users with secure, accessible and functioning facilities.

Illegal crab harvesting and potential sales involve 3 enforcement agencies and result in fine of $7,500

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

On May 19, 2021, in Surrey Provincial Court, the Honourable Judge Satinder Sidhu found recreational crab harvester Laird Goddyn guilty of violations of Canada’s Fisheries Act. Justice Sidhu fined Mr. Goddyn $7,500 and banned him from holding tidal and non-tidal fishing licences for a period of 5 years. Mr. Goddyn’s fishing vessel, which was seized as evidence, was ordered returned to Mr. Goddyn, subject to a $4,638.48 storage fee.

Government of Canada supports women in the field of hydrography in advance of World Hydrography Day

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Hydrography is the science of surveying and charting waters. It’s a form of science that protects our lives, property and the environment. It informs the nautical charts that help mariners navigate safely, boosts global economic prosperity by enabling the movement of goods, and helps us map the sea’s hidden features. June 21st marks World Hydrography Day – a day to celebrate hydrography and the ways it enriches our lives.

Government of Canada invests in partnerships to support freshwater habitat research

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Freshwater habitats include the numerous lakes, rivers, streams and waterways that are part of Canada’s diverse aquatic ecosystem. These versatile habitats and species that call them home have been affected by human activity and environmental changes. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting research that will study and inform us on how we can sustainably protect freshwater habitats for all Canadians.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada held Lobster Science Partnership Roundtable 

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Coming together to exchange ideas on key research questions and new areas of work is important to our shared understanding of lobster. By working together toward this common goal, we are making sure future Indigenous and coastal communities in Atlantic Canada and Quebec will benefit from healthy lobster stocks.

Government of Canada builds on success under the Ghost Gear Fund with second call for proposals

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Lost, abandoned and discarded fishing gear, or ‘ghost gear,’ is one of the largest causes of marine pollution. Canada has made great strides in tackling this problem, both at home and abroad, through the Ghost Gear Fund (Sustainable Fisheries Solutions and Retrieval Support Contribution Program). In 2020, the Ghost Gear Fund helped remove 63 tonnes of ghost gear from Canadian waters, thereby reducing threats to vulnerable fish stocks, marine mammals and vital ecosystems.

Canada launches transformative effort to save Pacific salmon

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Vancouver, British Columbia – Pacific salmon have social and cultural significance for many Canadians and they are economically vital to many local communities. These iconic species are experiencing drastic population declines due to a combination of climate, habitat and harvesting pressures. Bold, transformative action is needed now to stabilize, protect and rebuild West Coast salmon stocks for the ecosystems and communities that depend on them, before it is too late.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada collaborate on new research to study Atlantic salmon migration

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

In order to study Atlantic Salmon migration patterns, the Government of Canada is contributing to a multi-faceted community-based marine science research project funded by the Environmental Studies Research Fund. The shared goal is to enhance our understanding of Atlantic salmon migration in the offshore waters of Eastern Canada.

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