As Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, I am proud to announce that today in Ilulissat, Greenland, Canada along with 8 other States and the European Union have taken a pivotal step towards oceans management and conservation by signing the Agreement to Prevent Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean.
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, confirmed today that the remaining 25 per cent of the 2018 and 2019 Total Allowable Catch (TAC) will be made available to the current licence holder, with a view to identify a new participant for the 2020 Surf Clam fishery. This will allow for the economic benefits to remain in coastal communities while Fisheries and Oceans Canada continues to work to broaden access to this fishery.
The decision to introduce Indigenous participation in the Arctic Surf Clam fishery is consistent with the Government of Canada’s commitment to developing a renewed relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples. Enhancing access to the Arctic Surf Clam fishery broadens the distribution of benefits from this public resource, and is a powerful step toward reconciliation. The benefits of this lucrative fishery—and public resource—can increase the economic well-being of Indigenous communities.
As Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, I’m thrilled to mark this year’s World Oceans Day in the Arctic, which is being celebrated in Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, a small Inuvialuit community located on the west coast of Victoria Island.
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.