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Statement by the Canadian Coast Guard - Northern Quebec Fuel Spill

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October 13, 2015 The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) successfully completed the last of its operations in Salluit and the CCGS Terry Fox as well as the M/T Sarah Desgagnés are now leaving. I would like to extend my congratulations and gratitude to partners, stakeholders, and Aboriginal groups for their enormous contribution, support and efforts during the effective management of the fuel spill operation near the community of Salluit, West of Ungava Bay, in Northern Quebec that began on October 7, 2015. This was a great example of an operation conducted professionally and efficiently.


Northern Quebec Fuel Spill

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October 8, 2015 The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) was notified late October 7 and immediately responded to a fuel spill near the community of Salluit, West of Ungava Bay, in Northern Québec. The M/T Sarah Desgagnés was transferring fuel to the community of Salluit in preparation for the winter months ahead. Strong winds and snow required the transfer be stopped for safety reasons. Following the standard emergency disconnect process, the fuel line was severed by the vessel's propeller. At that time, the fuel transfer had already stopped. Current estimates are around 3,000 litres of fuel spilled.


Independent Review of the M/V Marathassa Fuel Spill Environmental Response Operation

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | statements

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today issued the following statement: Our Government is committed to protecting our coastline. That is why we asked Mr. John Butler to conduct an independent report into the MV Marathassa fuel spill. Today, Mr. Butler released his independent report.


CCGS Pierre Radisson rescues Russian helicopter pilot after crash in the Arctic

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I want to extend my congratulations and gratitude to the brave men and women of the Canadian Coast Guard for their rescue of Russian helicopter pilot Sergey Ananov after his helicopter crashed in icy Arctic waters. Canadian Coast Guard Ship Pierre Radisson rescued the pilot, who is now safely on board and en route to Iqaluit.


New Measures to Further Enforce PIIFCAF Policy

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I'm pleased to announce that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has launched new measures to further enforce the policy on Preserving the Independence of the Inshore Fleet in Canada's Atlantic Fisheries (PIIFCAF). These industry-led measures, developed in collaboration with the Canadian Independent Fish Harvester's Federation, aim to strengthen the current PIIFCAF policy and address the issue of harvesters who are not compliant with PIIFCAF or the policies it was designed to protect.


International Research Alliance Collaborates on North Atlantic Ocean Survey

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Halifax, Nova Scotia - The Honourable Gail Shea, Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans; Kathryn Sullivan, U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator; and Simon Coveney, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine issued the following statement welcoming this second project under the Galway Statement:


Ministerial Statement: World Oceans Day

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June 7, 2015 - Ottawa, Ontario The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, issued the following statement in celebration of World Oceans Day 2015:


Ministerial Statement: Review of the English Bay Incident

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May 29, 2015 - Ottawa, Ontario The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today issued the following statement: "It was as always, a real pleasure to be in British Columbia this past week to announce investments from our Government totaling over $57 million in BC science facilities, marine protection and Pacific Salmon research.


Statement - Long Term Placement of the Rehabilitated Pseudorca - Chester

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On July 10, 2014, a pseudorca (false killer whale) calf was found stranded at Chesterman beach in Tofino, BC. Pseudorcas are rare in British Columbia, typically inhabiting warmer waters. Once it was determined that the pseudorca (later named Chester) would not survive without medical intervention, Fisheries and Oceans Canada issued a transport licence to the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rehabilitation Program so that the animal could be moved to their rescue facility for urgent care.


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