Our Conservative Government has stood proudly behind Canada’s fishing industry, but has always been clear — fish protection policies should focus on the habitat that supports Canada’s fisheries.

That’s why we’re working to ensure that decisions regarding Canada’s vital waterways are made by Canadians in the interests of Canadians.

Through Economic Action Plan 2012, we delivered $10.5 million for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to support scientific activities that are of importance to the industry and the industry alone, such as eliminating paperwork for low-risk projects to ensure we can dedicate more resources to protecting real fisheries from major threats.

We do not believe it is sensible, or practical, to treat all bodies of water ‒ from puddles to the Great Lakes ‒ the same way, and our Government is making long-overdue changes to our rules to focus DFO on what is important to Canadians.

Meanwhile, since 2006, our Government has proudly supported Canada’s fish industry by:

  • delivering new Canadian Coast Guard vessels through the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy – the new vessels will be used primarily to support Fisheries and Oceans Canada conservation and protection programs
  •  delivering enhanced marine pollution control equipment to 19 remote communities across the North
  •  investing in three new fisheries science vessels and one new offshore oceanographic science vessel
  •  delivering $200 million under the Small Craft Harbours Accelerated Infrastructure Program to accelerate repair work and maintenance of Canada’s core commercial fishing harbours
  •  delivering $17 million to accelerate the construction of a small craft harbour in Pangnirtung, Nunavut
  •  signing a United Nations agreement to join in the international fight against illegal fishing
  •  investing $17.5 million to help protect the Great Lakes from the threat of the invasive species known as Asian Carp

Opposition parties should spend more time listening to Canadians about the countless stories of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans protecting ditches, man-made reservoirs and flood plains while they should be protecting rivers, lakes and oceans that are home to our fisheries.

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