REGINA, May 7, 2019 /CNW/ - Canada's fishery officers perform a crucial role in conserving and protecting Canada's marine and coastal areas, as well as fisheries resources and habitat. On May 2, 2019, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Sean Casey, welcomed 23 new fishery officers at a graduation ceremony at the RCMP Training Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan.
As part of its commitment to conservation, the Government of Canada is investing more than $50 million to enhance our national fisheries enforcement program. More than 100 new fishery officer positions will be staffed across Canada by the end of this year.
To become a fishery officer, new recruits are required to complete 16 weeks of classroom training, including nine weeks of training on enforcement methods at the RCMP Training Academy. The graduates will now complete 30 months of practical training in Conservation and Protection field offices across Canada.
"Congratulations to all of our recent graduates! I wish you all the best as you start your exciting career as Fishery Officer. From enforcement of the Fisheries Act to raising awareness about the importance of oceans conservation, please know that our government values the work that Fishery Officers do day-in and day-out. We thank you for choosing a career dedicated to making a difference to the people and communities you serve."
Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
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