On January 20, on their first official visit to Quebec, the Honorable Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and his Parliamentary Secretary, Serge Cormier, met with the main fishing industry stakeholders, as well as with Aboriginal representatives and various marine industry clients and partners. The following day, the Minister chaired a meeting of the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers in Montréal.
In 2011, Fisheries and Oceans Canada selected the American Bank and its surrounding area, located on the eastern tip of the Gaspe Peninsula, as an area of interest for a marine protected area. This initiative supports Canada’s goal to increase the proportion of the country's marine and coastal areas that are protected to 10% by 2020.
The walrus family contains only one extant species, which is divided into two subspecies: the North Pacific walrus and the North Atlantic walrus. Once widely distributed in Canada, North Atlantic walruses were common south of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Sable Island but were extirpated from these areas by the late 1700s.
In 2015, preliminary data for the commercial fishing season in Quebec showed total landings of 57,000 tonnes valued at $229.2 million. This is a record value for the second year in a row. The year was marked by a 2% decrease in landed volume and a 12% increase in value.
Each year, Canadian Coast Guard’s icebreakers make the journey to Arctic for a few months. Working in this unique remote region is often very challenging, particularly from a technological standpoint.
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