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View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
Mr. Speaker, fishers and fisher communities are very important to our government, as is conservation of the oceans. That is what marine protected areas are about.
We are working with communities, and indigenous communities, to develop marine protected areas. They will be the nursery area for restoring fish and having an abundance of fish that will serve our fishing communities for generations to come.
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
Mr. Speaker, I am so proud of our government's work to reduce plastic in the oceans and to reduce ghost gear. We will continue to clean up the oceans.
With respect to the packaging of prawns, I will be reviewing this potential decision, but we will be thinking about the conservation of all of our fish stocks and ways that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans can ensure that the rules are being respected in the fishing of prawns.
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
Mr. Speaker, I am proud of the work our government did on so many benefits, putting them quickly in place and getting them out the door to people who needed them so desperately. From the outset, the terms were clear for the fish harvesters' benefit. The benefit was specifically for self-employed commercial fish harvesters. Those who were not self-employed will have been asked to repay the benefit.
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
Mr. Speaker, I remain concerned about the potential environmental impacts of these shipping containers, and we are continuing to monitor that closely.
The Canadian Coast Guard and its partners in the unified command did an amazing job of responding quickly and efficiently to ensure the safety of the crew, first responders and the public, and of communicating with partners. That is why we were able to mitigate even worse harm in the incident.
The Canadian Coast Guard is continuing to work—
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
Madam Speaker, I would like to congratulate the new member for St. John's East on her election and thank her for the hospitality she showed me when I visited Atlantic Canada just weeks after my appointment, including to the harbour of Portugal Cove-St. Philips where I met with the authority members in her riding.
Small craft harbours, of course, play an integral role in many of our communities and their economies. Our government recognizes their importance. That is why, through budget 2021, we invested $300 million to repair and—
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
Mr. Speaker, I want to start by acknowledging the very important work that is done by fishers on all of our coasts in Canada, and how much their work means to their communities and to our government.
The fish harvester benefit was made available in two tranches. There were some estimates that had to be made regarding the wage reductions, which needed to be corrected when the actual numbers came in.
We will continue working with the fishers to make sure they are supported in every way possible.
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
Mr. Speaker, it is clearly the member opposite who does not understand the situation. When this benefit was first constructed, it was an estimate of the reduction in earnings the payments were based on. The following year, when those numbers were clear, it was then clear they were not eligible for that money. This is not a clawback, it was the arrangement. It was understood from the beginning that it would be based on the actual reduction and not the projected reduction.
I want to say that I support the fishers and their communities and we will continue working to do that.
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
Mr. Speaker, the protection of wild salmon populations is a priority for our government, especially because there are complex challenges facing the species. There are runs right across our coasts that are in trouble, including all of the major salmon species. These fish are very important to British Columbians, especially our indigenous communities that depend on them for food, cultural and ceremonial uses. We are putting $647 million into a Pacific salmon—
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
Mr. Speaker, what I do understand is that the conservation, protection and restoration of abundance of our stocks are of primordial importance to our communities, our fishers and Canadians at large. Everything we do at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans underpins that.
First nations have a Supreme Court-affirmed—
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
Mr. Speaker, I would think that the Conservatives opposite would be interested in this answer, because it is important to all of us.
First nations have a Supreme Court-affirmed treaty right to fish, and our government has never stopped working to implement that right.
Everything we do at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is underpinned by conservation, protection and restoration of habitats and stock abundance. It is a priority to work with indigenous communities. My first trip was out to meet—
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his question.
The Supreme Court of Canada recognized the right of 35 first nations in Quebec's Gaspé region and Atlantic Canada to harvest for reasonable subsistence purposes. My department is working with communities to implement that right.
I have visited the Atlantic coast, and I have talked with Mi'kmaq indigenous fishery leaders. That was good, it was important, and I will keep doing more of the same.
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for the question. I am pleased to have the opportunity to say once again that economies based on fishing and fisheries production are very important to me and to my department. I know that it is also important to those living on the coast and to all fishing communities.
I will work closely with the communities, individuals and organizations, including indigenous peoples, to manage in a way—
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for Saanich—Gulf Islands for her continued advocacy for the environment and for her constituents.
The protection and restoration of fish habitats and fish in our waters is a top priority for me as a minister. Disposing of waste in this manner is dangerous to people, to the environment and to our fish stocks, and it is unacceptable. It is one of the reasons our government modernized the Fisheries Act to protect and restore fish habitats, which a previous government had cut out. We will hold any individuals who violate this act to account.
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
Mr. Speaker, I want to congratulate the member opposite for his new appointment.
I have compassion and regret any time someone is challenged as a mariner with problems at sea. The Canadian Coast Guard works very closely with the communities to be there for Canadians and mariners.
With respect to the moderate livelihood fishery, everything we do at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is underpinned by the conservation of stock. This is a priority that is—
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