Wednesday, 13/11/2019 | 6:15 UTC+0
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Minister Shea Announces Major Upgrades to the South Esk Science Facility

South Esk, New Brunswick – Today, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, joined by Tilly O’Neill-Gordon, Member of Parliament for Miramichi, announced more than half a million dollars in funding for major upgrades to the Government of Canada’s science station located in South Esk, New Brunswick.

This investment will allow significant renovations and construction work that will enhance Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s research environment. The station currently carries out monitoring and scientific field work related to Atlantic salmon, striped bass and other species in the Miramichi watershed.

The current installations, which include a field laboratory, office space, sleeping quarters for staff as well as a separate storage building, will be updated. An outdoor compound and work area will also be expanded in order to store equipment, such as boats and nets, on site. As such, this will enable the consolidation of storage and scientific gear drying facilities that are currently at a location about 10 km from the science station. 

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada recognizes that Atlantic salmon is an important part of our country’s economy, history and culture and is strongly committed to conserving and protecting this valuable resource; this includes maintaining valuable infrastructure where scientific research takes place.
  • To tackle the issue of low salmon returns on the East coast, the Government of Canada’s recently-established Ministerial Advisory Committee on Atlantic salmon will provide recommendations to the Minister on the future management of Atlantic salmon conservation.
  • Last November, Prime Minister Harper announced new funding for federal infrastructure. A total of $551.1 million in funding was announced for DFO and Canadian Coast Guard:
    • This announcement is part of $80.3 million allocated to upgrade science facilities, fishways, lighthouses, search and rescue stations, federally-owned buildings and other assets across Canada.

Quotes

“I am pleased to announce major upgrades to the Government of Canada’s South Esk facility. This renovation and construction work will significantly enhance the station for science researchers, as well as foster new collaborations with other organizations. This initiative demonstrates once again our Government’s commitment to support science that is crucial to the long-term sustainability of Canada’s oceans and resources such as Atlantic salmon.”

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

“Atlantic salmon is an invaluable resource to our region, which is why investments like this are crucial. Supporting infrastructure that enables important scientific research which in turn inform management decisions means that we are supporting our fisheries. Our Government recognizes the importance of conserving and protecting this economic, historical and cultural resource.”

Tilly O’Neill-Gordon, Member of Parliament for Miramichi

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For more information, contact:

Krista Petersen
Communications Advisor
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Gulf Region
506-851-7171

Sophie Doucet
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
613-992-3474

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