Moncton, New Brunswick – Media are advised that the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson along with the MP for Miramichi-Grand Lake, Pat Finnigan will make an announcement on changes to regulations under the new Fisheries Act. Minister Wilkinson and Pat Finnigan will also be making a small craft harbour announcement.
The Honorable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine, on behalf of the Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard will participate in naming and dedication to service ceremony for the CCGS Baie de Plaisance.
As part of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s and Canadian Coast Guard efforts to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale, fishery officers and the Canadian Coast Guard will be spending three days searching for and retrieving lost fishing gear, known as ghost gear, from the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) will be holding a briefing for media interested in an update on additional fisheries management measures for Fraser River Chinook stocks following the recent landslide near Big Bar, north of Lillooet, B.C.
North Vancouver, British Columbia – The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, will attend a community event to celebrate Seymour River restoration activities and will deliver remarks highlighting the new Fisheries Act that supports fish stock rebuilding and restores lost protections for waterways and fish habitat.
The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, will visit at the Incident Command Post for the Big Bar Landslide. The Minister will meet with Incident Commanders, regional First Nation representatives, and technical experts, and participate in a helicopter overflight tour of the landside area.
Officials from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Province of British Columbia as well as a representative from the Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance will to provide further updates and answer questions regarding a significant rock slide that occurred upstream of a narrow portion of the Fraser River near Big Bar.
The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, and B.C. Minister of Agriculture, the Honourable Lana Popham, will announce approved projects for the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund.