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2014-03-27 16:21:37

OTTAWA, March 27, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) is extremely pleased that the Government of Canada is responding to the need for additional icebreaking support on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Waterway. With another icebreaker, key cargo such as wheat, will move to market quicker. "This is an important move by the Canadian Government to support the Canadian short sea shipping industry on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Waterway," said Robert...

Habitat Protection Removed For Most Fish Species In Canada Due To Changes In Fisheries Legislation
2013-11-07 09:16:06

University of Calgary University of Calgary and Dalhousie University fisheries biologists say federal Fisheries Act revisions were unscientific Federal government changes to Canada's fisheries legislation "have eviscerated" the ability to protect habitat for most of the country's fish species, scientists at the University of Calgary and Dalhousie University say in a new study. The changes were "politically motivated," unsupported by scientific advice – contrary to government policy...

2013-05-21 08:24:00

Seafood from the largest halibut fishery in eastern Canada can now bear the MSC ecolabel EMERYVILLE, Calif., May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Canadian Atlantic halibut fishery managed by Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has been awarded Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for sustainable fisheries. The certification involved a team of scientists from SCS Global Services (SCS), which conducted an independent assessment based on the three principles of the...

2013-05-16 10:52:53

Climate change has been impacting global fisheries for the past four decades by driving species towards cooler, deeper waters, according to University of British Columbia scientists. In a Nature study published this week, UBC researchers used temperature preferences of fish and other marine species as a sort of "thermometer" to assess effects of climate change on the world's oceans between 1970 and 2006. They found that global fisheries catches were increasingly dominated by warm-water...

2013-05-01 12:21:28

OTTAWA, May 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The Union that represents Search and Rescue specialists with the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) is not surprised at the findings of the Auditor General's Spring 2013 Report. "Our members are strong, dedicated individuals so it comes as no surprise that they meet the standard to respond to an emergency 96% of the time.  They should be applauded that they are doing so much despite the challenges they face," said Christine Collins, National President of the...

2013-03-19 08:28:39

MATANE, QC, March 19, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Fisheries and Oceans Canada has put back on the table the idea of reintroducing groundfish trawling, counter to what minister Shea said in 2009. A new presentation from an officer of the Department was made to participants in the Groundfish Advisory Committee in Moncton on March 12 and 13 2012. An important question then arises: with administrative decisions (cuts in services, Employment Insurance) that could be considered...

2013-02-20 16:20:22

OTTAWA, Feb. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - "I can't understand why the Conservative government is doing everything in its power to put Canadians at risk," said Christine Collins, National President of the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees in response to yesterday's phone call from the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) advising of the immediate closure of Kitsilano Search and Rescue (SAR) Station in Vancouver, BC. The closure comes as part of a long line of attacks on CCG's ability to do...

2013-01-09 16:20:35

OTTAWA, Jan. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Coast Guard's (CCG) announcement today to replace Search and Rescue personnel with Auxilliary volunteers is a direct insult to mariners in Vancouver according to Christine Collins, National President of the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees. "With five auxiliary stations in the Greater Vancouver area, one would think that CCG would want at least one base that would have dedicated, trained professionals with appropriate resources who...

2012-11-06 08:20:16

OTTAWA, Nov. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - A CAW delegation representing 350 Marine Communications and Traffic Service officers from across Canada will outline the dangers to marine safety from Coast Guard service cutbacks at Canadian Marine Advisory Council meetings starting today Tuesday, November 6. CMAC, which runs November 6 to 8 at 'Old City Hall' in Ottawa located at 111 Sussex Drive, is a forum mandated by legislation to consult on issues related to maritime safety in Canada.  More...

2012-05-28 10:20:06

DFO pledges millions to fight Asian carp over next five years PETERBOROUGH, ON, May 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - The invasion of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes would pose a major threat to Ontario's fisheries, so the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) is pleased that the Government of Canada through Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has announced an investment of $17.5 million to help keep this invader from entering the lakes. "The OFAH Invading Species Awareness Program...