Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

May 13, 2016 13:54 ET

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Welcomes 20 New Conservation and Protection Officers

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - May 13, 2016) - A troop of 20 new fishery officers have graduated from the Fishery Officer Trainee program and will be joining the ranks of the Conservation and Protection Branch of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Allan MacLean, Director General, Conservation and Protection Program, was on hand to congratulate the officers in person on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Hunter Tootoo.

The new fishery officers were required to complete 16 weeks of classroom training, including nine weeks of training on enforcement methods at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Training Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan. The graduates will now complete 30 months of practical training in Conservation and Protection field offices across Canada.

Quick Facts

  • Fishery officers are responsible for the enforcement of the Fisheries Act, the Species at Risk Act and the Coastal Fisheries Protection Act, as well as many other acts and regulations relating to fisheries on Canadian Waters, in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) regulatory area, and off Canada's three coasts.
  • In addition to protecting fish and fish habitat, fishery officers promote compliance and conservation, stewardship and sustainability of fisheries. They also work to increase awareness through activities that include presentations to school children and public interest groups about enforcement activities and conservation goals.

Quote

"Protecting fisheries for future generations is critical to our Canadian heritage as well as our economy. I am very pleased to welcome these new conservation and protection officers to the department and I wish them all the best as they embark on their new careers."

- Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Related Product

- For information on how to become a Fishery Officer, visit the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/enf-loi/officer-agent-eng.htm

Associated Links

- Compliance and enforcement

- Location of Conservation and Protection Offices

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Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    613-990-7537
    Media.xncr@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

    Patricia Bell
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    613-992-3474