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Promoting Conservation And Sustainability

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CANADA - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, has announced a $25,000 funding contribution toward the inaugural National Fish and Wildlife Conservation Congress to be held in Ottawa on May 27-31, 2012.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s investment will support the development of a North American strategy to promote the conservation and sustainable use of fish and wildlife resources.

“The Government of Canada is proud to participate with other committed partners whose interests align with our priorities to conserve and protect fish and fish habitat,” said Minister Shea. “Forums such as this Congress support a necessary and solution-based dialogue on how to manage our fish and wildlife resources, including their habitat, for the future.”

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is a national and international leader in the management of marine and freshwater habitat and fisheries. Our scientific research in the fields of fish habitat, fisheries and aquaculture, aquatic animal health, invasive species such as Asian carp and sea lamprey, and species at risk continues to inform our policy and management decisions for the conservation, protection and sustainable use of Canada’s natural resources.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada also integrates environment, economic and social perspectives into its management decisions. The recreational and commercial fishing sectors, as well as the aquaculture industry, create economic and employment benefits for Canadians and contribute heavily to the Canadian economy.

The Congress is hosted by the Ontario Federation of Hunters and Anglers with an aim to bring together scientists, federal, provincial, state and local fish and wildlife agencies, conservation organizations as well as hunters and anglers to participate in workshops and discussions about the future of fish and wildlife resources in North America. Additional information about the 2012 National Fish and Wildlife Conservation Congress can be found at

“Our Government will continue to work with like-minded partners, through forums like the 2012 National Fish and Wildlife Conservation Congress to ensure the sustainability of Canada’s marine and freshwater fisheries and their supporting habitats to benefit this generation and those to come,” said Minister Shea.