Ministers meet in Quebec City. David was thereThursday, September 05, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
DAVID ORAZIETTI, MPP
Minister of Natural Resources advocates for Ontario at National Fisheries Conference
SAULT STE. MARIE - David Orazietti MPP, Minister of Natural Resources, was in Quebec City for this year’s Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers meeting this week.
Orazietti’s presence at the meeting demonstrated Ontario’s commitment to protecting local fisheries and supporting ecologically sustainable fisheries and aquaculture industries.
“Ontario is home to the largest freshwater lake system in Canada and the fishing industry is an important part of our economy,” said Orazietti. “We had productive meetings with our federal and provincial partners to strengthen our working relationship with Department of Fisheries and Oceans on issues that matter to Ontarians.”
Ontario and DFO have built a strong partnership over the past decade with regards to fisheries management in the province.
Discussing how they will work together to protect Canada’s fisheries, representatives from the federal, provincial and territorial governments focused on a range of topics, including recreational fisheries, aquaculture regulations and aquatic invasive species regulations that will affect the way we manage fisheries, here in Ontario.
At the conference, Orazietti highlighted the important work that is being done at the Invasive Species Centre in Sault Ste. Marie and he recommended that his colleagues consider increasing collaboration and minimizing duplication on work being done in this area to best defend against aquatic invasives that have a negative impact on the national environment and the provincial economies.
Ontario’s fisheries generate $2.4 billion in annual economic activity in the province and support tens of thousands of jobs.
MNR manages and promotes local fisheries through a variety of programs, including Fisheries Management Zone Councils and fish-on-line, an interactive tool.
According to the Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada, more than 3.3 million adult anglers participated in recreational fishing activities in Canada in 2010 and contributed as much as $8.3 billion to various local economies.
Pictured left to right: The Honourable Michael Olscamp, Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries (New Brunswick); The Honourable Gord Mackintosh, Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship (Manitoba); The Honourable Derrick Dalley, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Newfoundland and Labrador); The Honourable Diana McQueen, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (Alberta); The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Jeannine Richard, Adjointe parlementaire au ministre de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation (Quebec); The Honourable David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources (Ontario) and The Honourable Ron W. MacKinley, Minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development (PEI).