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Minister Shea Congratulates New Conservation and Protection Officers

Twelve new graduates will play critical role in ensuring the sustainability of our Oceans' resources

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/19/14 -- The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today offered her congratulations to the 2014 graduating class of fishery officers and welcomed them to the Conservation and Protection Branch of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

The graduates completed an 18-week classroom training program, which also included ten weeks of enforcement training at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Training Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan. They will soon be making their way to Conservation and Protection field offices across Canada to complete 30 months of practical training.

Quick Facts


--  Fishery Officers are responsible for the enforcement of the Fisheries
    Act, the Species at Risk Act, the Oceans' Act, the Coastal Fisheries
    Protection Act, as well as a series of other acts and regulations that
    ultimately ensure the conservation and protection of Canada's fisheries.
--  In addition to protecting fish and fish habitat, fishery officers
    promote compliance and conservation, stewardship and sustainability of
    fisheries. They also work to increase awareness through various public
    events and other relevant opportunities.

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"Our commercial and recreational fisheries play an important role in the Canadian economy. They represent a critical source of livelihood for many families in Canada's coastal communities. Ensuring their continued sustainability is of paramount importance to our Government and that's why we are so grateful to these 12 men and women for their tireless efforts to that end. They have a big responsibility ahead of them."

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

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- To find out how to become a Conservation and Protection Officer, click here (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/enf-loi/training-formation-eng.htm

- Watch how Canada protects its interests and resources over the high seas (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p9F3_hjpI0)

Internet: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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Contacts:
Frank Stanek
Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
613-990-7537

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

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