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Report on Plans and Priorities 2014-15

Minister’s Message

Minister

I am pleased to present Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Report on Plans and Priorities for the coming fiscal year.

In 2013–14, the Department made significant efforts to protect the productivity of commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fisheries, instituted enhanced compliance tools and made additional progress on the Canadian Coast Guard’s fleet renewal.

In 2014–15, Fisheries and Oceans Canada will continue to implement the fisheries protection provisions contained in the new Fisheries Act, as well as focusing our attention on a modernized aquaculture regulatory framework.

We will also continue to improve fisheries management practices. Domestically, the Department is working with fishermen to strengthen the economic competitiveness of the fish and seafood sector. As mentioned in the Speech from the Throne, we will continue to be open to solutions — supported by fishermen — that strengthen the economic competitiveness of our country’s fishing industry.

Abroad, we will continue to enable Canadian access to export markets for fish and seafood products. Our trade agreement with the European Union will significantly boost our commercial ties, create jobs, and generate long-term growth and prosperity. This will make our world-class fish and seafood products more competitive and create the conditions for increased sales.

Renewing Canadian Coast Guard assets and service delivery is vital to ensuring safe and efficient navigation for Canadians; this remains a priority in 2014–15. We are also taking steps to establish an Incident Command System to improve the Coast Guard’s ability to manage responses to marine pollution incidents, as we work in collaboration with our key emergency response partners in protecting Canada’s oceans.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada will continue to pursue management and operational excellence in 2014–15 as we modernize and improve the design and delivery of our programs and services.

These are only a few examples of our focus for fiscal year 2014–15. I encourage you to read this report and learn more about the work of the Department in support of economically prosperous fisheries, sustainable aquatic ecosystems, and safe and secure waterways.



The Honourable Gail Shea, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada