Canada has some of the most spectacular coastlines in the world, and our oceans are home to marine life of many kinds, including the iconic Southern Resident killer whale. These awe-inspiring mammals are celebrated by British Columbians and all Canadians and hold significant cultural meaning for coastal First Nations.
Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, and the Member of Parliament for Cumberland — Colchester, Bill Casey, met with the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq to discuss plans for their Coastal Restoration Fund projects in the Northumberland Strait and the Bay of Fundy.
Canada’s fishery officers perform a crucial role in conserving and protecting Canada’s marine and coastal areas, as well as fisheries resources and habitat. On May 2, 2019, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Sean Casey, welcomed 23 new fishery officers at a graduation ceremony at the RCMP Training Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan.
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced today that the Maliseet Nation Conservation Council (MNCC) will receive more than $400,000 over four years for a Coastal Restoration Fund project to help restore Atlantic salmon fish habitat in Wolastoq, tributaries and coastal habitats in Saint John, New Brunswick.
Last week, the Government of Canada welcomed a delegation from the Republic of Mozambique to Atlantic Canada for a study visit focusing on fisheries, aquaculture, and oceans management. The visit follows an invitation from Canada’s Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, to his counterpart, Agostinho Salvador Mondlane, Minister of Seas, Inland Waters and Fisheries of the Republic of Mozambique, during the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, co-hosted by Canada, Kenya and Japan, in November 2018.
The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced today that the Pacheedaht First Nation will receive $1.6 million over four years to help restore coastal habitats in the southwest coast in British Columbia.
Recent reports from Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans highlight that climate change is impacting our oceans, rivers and lakes. Oceans surrounding Canada have warmed, become more acidic, and less oxygenated, consistent with observed global ocean changes over the past century.
Canada is an ocean nation. With the longest coastline in the world, Canadians rely on healthy and sustainable oceans. Marine ecosystems support good jobs as well as a vast amount of marine biodiversity including fish, whales and sea birds. That is why the Government of Canada is taking action to ensure the conservation and long-term protection of our oceans.