OTTAWA – With the longest coastline in the world, the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic oceans have been part of Canadians’ way of life for centuries, and they have helped to build Canada’s history and sustain our economy over generations. We all want our oceans to remain productive, sustainable, and able to support healthy marine ecosystems and coastal communities. As Canada’s Oceans Minister, these are priorities for me, and this Oceans Day is an opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments and recommit to the continued protection of our oceans.
Today, the Government of Canada submitted its response to the Government of British Columbia’s consultation process on oil spill response, including an updated science report on diluted bitumen, and an open letter to B.C. Minister of Environment, George Heyman.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO – The Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC) released a report today titled “Incident Report: North Atlantic Right Whale Mortality Event in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, 2017,” which includes findings from necropsies performed this summer on six of the dead North Atlantic Right Whales. The CWHC report was prepared and released in partnership with the Marine Animal Response Society (MARS) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) following an unprecedented number of North Atlantic Right Whale mortalities this past summer.
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, made the following statement regarding the escape of Atlantic salmon from an aquaculture facility in Washington State, near British Columbia.