Ottawa, Ontario – The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, issued the following statement today:
"I congratulate Fisheries and Oceans Canada's (DFO) staff at the National Aquatic Animal Health Laboratories for achieving accreditation to the International Organization for Standardization's ISO 17025.
As Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Coast Guard, I am pleased to announce that the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP) is now open and available to all Indigenous groups across Canada.
I would like to commend those who took part in the operation to come to the aid of the fishing vessel Saputi which took on water Sunday evening after hitting ice off the coast of Baffin Island, Nunavut.
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.
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.
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.