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Canada announces new standards for protecting our oceans

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

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.

Use caution when harvesting shellfish this Holiday weekend

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

QUÉBEC – Easter is often a time when people living in coastal communities on the North Shore, the Gaspé Peninsula and the Magdalen Islands get together for a hearty dinner including shellfish. This is a tradition that has gone on for generations. The Government of Canada wants to remind Quebec residents to avoid eating shellfish harvested from closed areas.

The Government of Canada invests in the Gibsons Landing Small Craft Harbour

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Coastal communities across Canada are supported by small craft harbours that bolster local economies and 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 across the country and work with municipalities and other stakeholders where investments and divestitures can enhance local communities.

Catch and release to continue for 2019 Atlantic salmon recreational fishery in the Gulf Region

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Atlantic salmon is a species of social, cultural and ceremonial importance throughout Atlantic Canada and beyond. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced today that mandatory catch and release management measures for the Atlantic salmon recreational fishery remains in place for 2019 in the rivers draining into the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Government of Canada takes action to address Fraser River Chinook decline

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Over the past 50 years, the world’s wildlife populations have declined by 60%. In Canada, 521 species have been identified as being at risk under the Species at Risk Act and the list is growing. Recent assessments by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada for Chinook salmon from the Fraser River system have found Chinook are also in danger of disappearing from Canada.

Closed area for softshell clam and blue mussel harvesting in a Lower St. Lawrence area

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region, wants to inform the Lower St. Lawrence population that, according to the Quebec Region Variation Order 2019-Q-753, the recreational fishing for Softshell Clam and Blue Mussel, in the shellfish harvesting area Baie du Ha! Ha! (B-03.5), is closed for conservation reasons until further notice.

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