The Ministry of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard
and science based decisions are supported. Canada actively supports science, technology, and innovation. The industry-led Ocean Supercluster is a national undertaking positioning Canada to be a global leader in the ocean economy, including sustainable aquaculture, a sector with great opportunity for coastal communities and for middle-class jobs. Research, development, and infrastructure investments are encouraged and clean technology is supported. The regulatory process is being streamlined. Ocean resources combined with a strong science-based framework for aquaculture sustainability and growth, and preferred access to markets around the world, are among Canada’s most significant advantages. RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP MAKES GOOD BUSINESS Canada is also stepping up as a leader on the world stage by making oceans a central theme of our G7 Presidency in 2018. The focus is on combating illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing; tackling marine litter and plastics, including ghost gear from fishing vessels; and increasing the capacity of small island developing states and least developed coastal states to strengthen science and promote sustainable fishing practices around the globe. Our government recognizes that a healthy vibrant ocean with strong fisheries management and a sustainable aquaculture industry is key to both protecting our environment and growing the economy. We are committed to continuing the momentum on both fronts – as businesses begin to take hold of the economic opportunities opened up through free trade agreements.