New surveillance vessel for Nova Scotia

The Conservation and Protection Program in Nova Scotia has a new surveillance vessel - the first of 12 new vessels to be delivered to Fisheries and Oceans Canada for surveillance purposes.

“Our Government is proud to invest in the modernisation and procurement of new small crafts,” said Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

“In addition to generating economic growth, it will make an enormous difference to our Conservation and Protection officers, who are out on the water every day ensuring the safety and sustainability of our fisheries.”

Funding for these vessels comes from the new Federal Infrastructure Initiative announced by Prime Minister Harper in November 2014. This additional investment totals $5.8 billion over the next two years to build and renew infrastructure across the country to support Canadian heritage, First Nations education, defence, borders, research, small craft harbours, transportation and search and rescue.

This new Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat is from the Rough Water™ Professional Series produced by Rosborough Boats in Lakeside (Halifax), Nova Scotia. These boats are built with user input, ensuring that they can meet and exceed the demanding maritime environment from saltwater to freshwater, and many of them are in service with Canadian Federal Agencies, providing services ranging from police and patrolling to science and hydrographic services.

Fishery officers’ duties include enforcing the Fisheries Act and other related acts and regulations; protecting fishery resources and fish habitat by conducting patrols on the land, on the sea and in the air; and participating in public education and awareness programs to develop greater awareness of fishery resources and habitat protection.

As part of the Federal Infrastructure Initiative, $183 million is being invested for the repair, life extension, and procurement of vessels and small craft for the Canadian Coast Guard and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

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