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Safeguarding our future through the Oceans Act

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

The Government of Canada is safeguarding the long-term health and productivity of Canada’s oceans and fisheries, by protecting our country’s wildlife, biodiversity, and the habitats that support them.

Minister Jordan pushes forward with next phase of Big Bar landslide response

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, and Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister and Member of Parliament for Burnaby North-Seymour, met with the High Bar and Stswecem'c Xgat'tem Nations, and the Fraser Salmon Management Council yesterday. They also visited the Big Bar Landslide site.

Saguenay Fjord winter recreational groundfish fishery

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced today that the groundfish ice fishing season on the Saguenay Fjord will begin on January 11 and end on March 8, 2020.

First conviction under the new Marine Mammal Regulations sees fine of $2,000 for approaching a whale at a distance of less than 100 metres

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

In August 2019, in Prince Rupert Provincial Court, the Honourable Judge George Leven found guide Scott Babcock guilty of a violation under the Marine Mammal Regulations. Justice Leven ordered Mr. Babcock to pay a fine of $2,000. Mr. Babcock also did 2 days of community service in educating the public on boater safety around whales.

Closed Area for Shellfish Harvesting in the Gaspé and Lower St. Lawrence

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region, wants to inform the Gaspé and Lower St.Lawrence population that the harvesting of shellfish is now forbidden for sanitary reasons, in accordance with the prohibition order mentioned below, and pursuant to subsection 3 (1) of the Management of Contaminated Fisheries Regulations.

Government of Canada invests more than $7.3 million in research on oil spill response measures and the Coastal Environmental Baseline Program in Newfoundland and Labrador

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Canada has the world’s longest coastline and is surrounded by three oceans and the health of our oceans matters to all of us. The Government of Canada is dedicated to protecting our oceans and waterways and to keeping them clean, secure and productive for the benefit of all Canadians, now and into the future. We understand the importance of protecting the marine ecosystems that are home to an abundance of ocean life, support more than 350,000 jobs and sustain hundreds of coastal and Indigenous communities. We also recognize that scientific research is fundamental to evidence-based decision-making when planning and carrying out marine conservation efforts.

Government of Canada announces an increase of $15 million annually to support Pacific Salmon

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Vancouver, British Columbia – Wild Pacific salmon are an iconic species and an important natural resource that provides a range of social, cultural, economic, and environmental benefits to the West Coast. They are vital to our environment, providing nutrients to other plant and animal species, including the Southern Resident Killer Whales. They are also integral to West Coast First Nations traditional culture and heritage. The Government of Canada remains committed to protecting wild Pacific salmon for generations to come.

Transformative change underway at Fisheries and Oceans Canada to advance reconciliation

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

The Government of Canada is committed to a renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples, based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is working to modernize and strengthen its structures in order to support Indigenous capacity building and support their vision of self-determination.

Government of Canada invests in coastal communities like Campbell River, British Columbia

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Investments by the Government of Canada in the Campbell River area are improving the safety of mariners, supporting the local economy, and protecting marine life and fisheries. This includes a new building for the Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue station, upgrades and improvements to the Small Craft Harbour at Fisherman’s Wharf, and addition of long range surveillance flights under the Fisheries Aerial Surveillance and Enforcement Program.

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