Fisheries Minister and South Shore-St. Margaret's MP Bernadette Jordan offered reassurance concerning the handling of her federal mandate in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
"Fisheries will continue to be managed. Licences will continue to be issued," the Liberal MP said in a recently released statement. "Our conservation and protection officers will continue to enforce the Fisheries Act. The Canadian Coast Guard will remain at the ready to provide assistance to mariners and ensure trade routes remain open in Canadian waters. Ice-breaking and all essential Coast Guard services will continue."
Jordan also talked about steps Ottawa is taking in terms of business support, and health protection. She said she's committed to backing the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, and remains in contact with harvesters, processors, and representative groups.
"The unpredictability of this situation continues to be the only thing we can take as a certainty," Jordan added.
"Fishing isn't an easy way of life at the best of times. The sector has faced tough times before – and it will again. But much like those who work in our fisheries, the sector is truly resilient. I have confidence the market will rebound and the Government of Canada will be there to help every step of the way."