Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

March 23, 2005 18:22 ET

DFO: Regan Announces New Action Plan for Sustainable Development



MARCH 23, 2005 - 18:22 ET

DFO: Regan Announces New Action Plan for Sustainable

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 23, 2005) - The Honourable Geoff
Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) today announced the
tabling in parliament of the new Fisheries and Oceans Sustainable
Development Strategy for 2005-2006.

"Sustainable development is at the heart of what we do as a department,"
Minister Regan said. "Canadians realize this and count on us for
leadership, science expertise, and a collaborative approach to program
delivery so that we strike the right balance between economic
development and preserving clean, safe and productive aquatic ecosystems
for future generations."

The action plan, which forms the centerpiece of DFO's 2005-2006
Sustainable Development Strategy, lays out a comprehensive list of
commitments, such as:

- A renewed Coast Guard fleet to support government priorities of
building a strong economy, moving forward on the Oceans Action
Plan, and enhancing maritime security;

- A strategy to address overfishing outside the 200 mile limit on the
East Coast;

- Completion of the Wild Salmon Policy to restore and maintain
healthy and diverse salmon populations and their habitat on the
West Coast ;

- A Federal Marine Protected Areas strategy to conserve and protect a
range of fishery resources, marine mammals and their habitats; and

- A comprehensive Environmental Process Modernization Plan (EPMP)
which includes a new science-based risk management approach to
properly address the great variety of risks to fish habitat
presented by various projects.

Additionally, DFO will be undertaking Environmental Management Programs
to make its own daily operations more environmentally friendly.

"Sustainable development and the safe use of Canadian waters is the
essence of our service to Canadians and DFO's aim is to fully integrate
sustainability into our program decisions and daily operations,"
Minister Regan stated.

DFO's 2005-2006 Sustainable Development Strategy is accessible on the
department's website at:


Contact Information

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Christiane Parcigneau
    Media Relations
    (613) 998-1530
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Brian Underhill
    Director of Communications, Office of the Minister
    (613) 992-3474