Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

November 21, 2008 10:12 ET

New Fisheries Minister Celebrates World Fisheries Day 2008

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2008) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today issued the following statement:

Today, Canada joins in the global celebration of World Fisheries Day - a day to reflect on the importance of maintaining healthy fish stocks, which are vital to the economy of many Canadian communities and to the livelihoods of many Canadian families.

When it comes to sustainable management of fisheries, Canada will always lead by example. Our government remains a champion of sustainable fisheries and will continue to provide strong global leadership in protecting vulnerable marine ecosystems.

Canada also continues to play a leadership role when it comes to strengthening international guidelines for the management of deep sea fisheries in the high seas, which is crucial to conserving and rebuilding fish stocks in the world's oceans.

Our government will continue to protect a sustainable fishery through enforcement of conservation rules and management measures. Canadians who work in our fisheries can take encouragement from the decline of illegal fishing activities in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization regulatory area. With no serious infractions so far in 2008, this is a great example of how rigorous enforcement produces real results.

There is still more work to do. This week we are meeting with our international partners at the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) during which we will continue to call for greater cooperation when it comes to protecting the future of high seas tuna and to strengthening ICCAT's management of these fish stocks.

To mark this occasion, and celebrate how Canadians who work in the tuna fishery are leading the way when it comes to conserving these stocks, we are proud to release a video entitled, Canada's bluefin tuna fishery: a model of sustainable management. Canada's bluefin tuna fishery is a great example of a well-managed and sustainable fishery. We believe that this fishery can serve as an example to others.

To view the video, please visit

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Phil Jenkins
    Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Ann Matejicka
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister