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Fisheries Minister Goes Down to Defeat

Canada will soon have a new Minister of Fisheries. Current Minister Gail Shea fell victim to the Liberal red tide that swept across the country, especially in Atlantic Canada, Monday night. In the Prince Edward Island riding of Egmont, Liberal Bobby Morrissey has won a huge victory over incumbent Conservative cabinet minister Gail Shea. Incoming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will have lots of potential candidates to look at for the fisheries portfolio, since his Liberals swept all 32 ...

Shea Announces Investment at Skinners Pond Harbour

Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Regional Minister for PEI and Member of Parliament for Egmont, today announced that the federal government is investing in a major project to improve the harbour at Skinners Pond, PEI. The project will provide a safer and more efficient working environment for harbour users and local fishermen. This year at Skinners Pond, plans will be developed for extending the breakwater prior to construction of the extension in 2016-17. The extension will ...

Minister Celebrates Start of Construction of New Canadian Coast Guard Centre in Charlottetown

Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Regional Minister for PEI, recently marked the beginning of construction on the new home of the Canadian Coast Guard’s operations on Prince Edward Island. The centre will house 24 Coast Guard employees and provide space for maintenance to buoys and other aids to navigation; carpentry; repairs to electronic equipment and storage for emergency response equipment. There will also be office space and training facilities at the centre. In ...

Funding Announced for Six New Habitat Conservation Projects

Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Regional Minister for PEI and MP for Egmont, highlighted today the Harper Government’s new investment in six habitat conservation projects in PEI. Through the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP), the following six groups will receive up to $342,217 to support the conservation of fish habitat in Prince Edward Island: the Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association, the Souris & Area Branch of the P.E.I. ...

Federal Government Announces Projects to Improve Safety and Working Conditions for Harbour Users

Senator David Wells, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the Government of Canada will invest in improvement projects at three Newfoundland and Labrador small craft harbours. This funding will provide a safer and more efficient working environment for fishermen and harbour users. This investment of up to $3.17 million will enable the following projects to be undertaken over the next two years: Flatrock – reinforcement of the ...

DFO Increases P.E.I. Tuna Allocation by 20 Per Cent

Tuna fishermen in Prince Edward Island will now have an opportunity to catch more of the highly sought-after fish. Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea announced Friday a 30-tonne increase in the Island’s 2015 allocation. The Island’s allocation last year was 125.86 metric tonnes and the 331 Island boats that participated in the fishery came to within 28.9 kilograms of filling it. This year, the fleet will be able to fish 155.95 tonnes. “Our Government was successful in ...

All-Party Committee Presents Socio-Economic Impacts Report to Federal Minister

Members of the all-party committee on northern shrimp quota allocations met recently with Gail Shea, federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, to present a report, titled Socio-Economic Impacts of Shrimp Quota Reductions in Newfoundland and Labrador, recently completed for the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture. The review confirms the committee’s position that the Federal Government’s “last in, first out” (LIFO) policy relating to Northern Shrimp allocation decisions is having ...

Federal Government Invests More Than $36 Million in 14 New Brunswick Harbours

Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, joined by Tilly O’Neill-Gordon, Member of Parliament for Miramichi, announced April 15 that the Government of Canada will invest a minimum of $36.2 million over the next two years to improve safety and working conditions for fishermen at 14 fishing harbours in Northeast New Brunswick. The $36.2 million investment highlighted today will support the following harbour projects: Caraquet – upgrading of the electrical system; Escuminac – ...

New Conservation Measures for Atlantic Salmon Recreational Angling Throughout Gulf Region

Acting on a first series of recommendations made by the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Atlantic salmon, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced April 7 new conservation measures for Atlantic salmon recreational angling throughout the Gulf region, in 2015. These new conservation measures are also supported by key stakeholders, including the Atlantic Salmon Federation, the New Brunswick Salmon Council, the Nova Scotia Salmon Association and the Miramichi Salmon ...