Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, and his PEI counterpart, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Robert Henderson met in Prince Edward Island this week. Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the PEI department of Agriculture and Fisheries have always had a strong relationship, and this latest meeting further reinforced that.
The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of protecting the biodiversity and quality of Canada’s waters, including the Great Lakes. We are preserving and protecting the Great Lakes and their considerable social, economic and spiritual benefits from the harmful impacts of invasive species.
With the longest coastline in the world, Canada’s coastal communities rely on the fish and seafood industry as an integral contributor to local and regional economies. This is why the Government of Canada and the Province of Prince Edward Island today announced funding support to three regional businesses through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund.
Investments in clean technology that support more sustainable fishing and aquaculture sectors protect our environment while helping businesses remain competitive in the global trade market. Taking action to make our Canadian businesses stronger and more competitive by making targeted investments in clean solutions will help us grow and sustain a vibrant coastal economy.
Canada’s whales are iconic and breathtaking animals that are a vital part of our marine ecosystems. They are treasured by Canadians, hold significant cultural value for Indigenous and coastal communities, and boost local economies that rely on tourism. The Government of Canada is committed both to conserving whales and to strengthening our economy. We are taking action in collaboration with three Canadian universities to better understand the pressures facing endangered whales and to protect them from further harm.
The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, was at the University of British Columbia on International Women’s Day and met with the Women in Science group where he spoke of the importance of celebrating women and girls in underrepresented fields, especially science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and heard from their experience.
Ocean observation is important to understanding how our oceans are changing and predicting how our coasts and fisheries are affected by those changes. Increasing the availability and sharing of ocean science and data ensures Canadians can safely navigate through our coastal waters, maintain our coastal economy, and build resilient coastal infrastructure.