April 18, 2005

DFO unveils new department strategy for sustainable development

OTTAWA, ONT-Federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Geoff Regan recently tabled a new Sustainable Development Strategy for 2005-2006 for his department. Central to the new DFO strategy is an action plan, which lays out a comprehensive list of commitments, such as:

* A renewed Coast Guard fleet to help implement the federal Oceans Action Plan and enhance maritime security;

* A strategy to address overfishing outside the 200-mile limit on the east coast;

* Completion of a wild salmon policy to restore and maintain healthy and diverse salmon populations and their habitat on the west coast;

* A federal Marine Protected Areas strategy to conserve and protect a range of fishery resources, marine mammals and their habitats; and

* A comprehensive Environmental Process Modernization Plan (EPMP) which includes a new science-based risk management approach to properly address the great variety of risks to fish habitat presented by various projects. DFO will also be undertaking environmental management programs to make its own daily operations more environmentally friendly. DFO's 2005-2006 Sustainable Development Strategy may be viewed on the department's Web site, www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sds-sdd2005-06/Index_e.htm.

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