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Postponement of Saguenay Fjord Winter Recreational Groundfish Fishery’s Opening

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) advises that the start of the groundfish ice fishing season on the Saguenay Fjord has been delayed and will now begin on January 23, 2021 and end on March 7, 2021. This decision, taken in conjunction with the authorities in charge of this activity, was made necessary for safety reasons. The very mild temperature currently prevents the formation of a safe ice cover for ice fishing enthusiasts.


Government of Canada program helps remove 63 tonnes of lost fishing gear from Atlantic ocean in 2020

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Lost, abandoned and discarded fishing gear, or ‘ghost gear,’ is one of the largest causes of marine pollution today. In response to this growing issue, the Government of Canada launched the Ghost Gear Fund in January 2020, supporting 26 projects to retrieve and reduce ghost gear in our oceans. Estimates show that these funded projects, plus others, have since removed 63 tonnes of lost or discarded fishing gear from coastal waters in Atlantic Canada in 2020 – the equivalent weight of 11 elephants.


Saguenay Fjord winter recreational groundfish fishery

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Québec, Quebec – Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced today that the groundfish ice fishing season on the Saguenay Fjord will begin on January 9 and end on March 7, 2021.


Government of Canada moves to phase out salmon farming licences in Discovery Islands following consultations with First Nations 

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Vancouver, British Columbia – Aquaculture plays an important role in Canada’s economy and the Government of Canada is committed to managing it responsibly and sustainably. To do so, there are many factors that must be taken into consideration, including consultations with First Nations to ensure it is the right fit for the community and the area.


Government of Canada and Province of Newfoundland and Labrador invest in technology to improve quality and productivity in the province’s fish and seafood sector

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Canada’s fisheries are the backbone of so many coastal communities and a driving force in our national economy. At the same time, the seafood sector is a rapidly shifting environment – competition is intensifying, consumers are increasingly emphasizing sustainability and quality. This is why the Government of Canada and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador today is making strategic investments through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund. These funds will help the industry innovate, invest in new technology, and collaborate with scientists, marketers, and other institutions in order to maximize the value of their product.


Government of Canada invests in research to understand the effects of oil on Pacific salmon

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

The Government of Canada is committed to protecting our aquatic ecosystems. We are developing new partnerships and investing in research that is improving our knowledge and generating new technologies to mitigate and prevent marine incidents, such as oil spills. Specifically, we are investing in research to understand the threat of diluted bitumen exposure to the health of salmon, which helps us better prepare and protect our ecosystems on the West Coast.


Government of Canada continues protecting Southern Resident killer whales through new technologies 

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Few species have captured Canadians’ hearts and minds as strongly as the endangered Southern Resident killer whale. Known for their beauty, intelligence, and cultural significance, these creatures are facing unprecedented stressors directly related to human activities. With only 74 individuals remaining, it has never been more critical to understand the threats affecting these iconic mammals and their environment.


Government of Canada invests in a permanent fishway at Big Bar

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Today, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard (DFO), announced the contract award of $176.3 million to Peter Kiewit Sons ULC Burnaby B.C. (Kiewit) to design and construct a permanent fishway at the Big Bar landslide site. With work on the new fishway to begin in the winter of 2020, it is expected to be operational by the start of the 2022 Fraser salmon migration.


Canada commits to growing the blue economy at home and around the globe

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Canada is an ocean nation with the longest coastline in the world. Canadians rely on healthy, marine ecosystems to sustain our economy, our food supply, and our coastal communities. But the ocean is a shared resource, and protecting it requires a coordinated global effort. Fueled by scientific evidence, coordinated efforts, and transformative action, Canada has joined other nations in developing a roadmap to a sustainable blue economy where protection, production and prosperity go hand in hand.


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