Sustainable Fisheries Solutions and Retrieval Support Contribution Program
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The Sustainable Fisheries Solutions and Retrieval Support Contribution Program is a federally funded program led by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans intended to support Canada’s commitment to preventing and mitigating the risk of ghost fishing and encouraging the development of sustainable fishing practices, particularly as it applies to abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) domestically and abroad. This work is being carried out as part of the Government of Canada’s broader commitments to support National and International efforts to reduce plastics in our oceans and the use of plastics in government operations, and to reduce the occurrence and effects of ghost gear around the world.
It will contribute $8.3 million over 2 years (2020-2022) to support projects which fall under 4 themes, or pillars of activities.
Purpose of the contribution program
The purpose of the SFSRS Contribution Program is to encourage the sustainable management of Canada’s fisheries, Indigenous fisheries programs, aquaculture activities and support commercial fishing harbours to take concrete actions to support ALDFG prevention, retrieval and responsible disposal. It will also support fish harvesters to acquire new gear technologies to reduce the occurrence of gear loss.
Approved projects will be funded based on activities under the following four pillars:
- Abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) retrievalFootnote 1
- responsible disposal
- acquisition and piloting of currently available innovative technologies
- international leadership
Eligible recipients must fall under one of the following categories where they contribute to research, development, management, conservation, harvesting, protection or promotion of fisheries and oceans resources;
- not-for-profit and charitable organizations, Canadian or International
- companies, businesses, organizations, associations, Canadian or International
- Indigenous organizations/communitiesFootnote 2
- recognized research, academic, and educational institutions
- other levels of government and their agencies or crown corporations
- Canadian individuals
Funding from the contribution program will be available for a 2 year period starting in 2020 with support available from July 2020 - March 2022.
- Combatting Marine Litter: Ghost Gear
- Global Ghost Gear Initiative
- Ocean Plastics Charter
- Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) Strategy for Zero Plastic Waste
- Greening Government Strategy
- International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) Action Plan on Ghost Gear
- Environment and Climate Change Canada Zero Plastic Waste
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