This Is Your Brain on Fish Thicker, stronger, and more resilient. Once a week is all it takes, new research says.

Recent study finds eating fish—baked or broiled, never fried—is associated with larger gray matter volumes in brain areas responsible for memory and cognition in healthy elderly people.

Type of fish is not important but the frequency, once a week, is key for ‘brain thickening’ effects possibly reducing risk for alshimers’s.

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Mandate Letter (August 28, 2018)


Minister Wilkinson received his mandate letter today from PM Justin Trudeau. 

Please find the link below for the full letter.

Trudeau listed the Minister's top priorities which may affect coastal communities and the commercial fishing industry:

"In particular, I will expect you to work with your colleagues and through established legislative, regulatory, and Cabinet processes to deliver on your top priorities:

  • Work with the Ministers of Transport, Environment and Climate Change, and Natural Resources to implement and further develop the Oceans Protection Plan. With the world’s longest coastline, Canada must have a world-leading plan to protect it and marine species at risk. Pursue additional initiatives working with provinces, territories, Indigenous Peoples and Canadians to better co-manage our three ocean coasts.
  • Develop new and innovative approaches to modernize fisheries and aquaculture and responsible economic development on all three coasts. This should include initiatives that create and sustain good middle class jobs, leverage new technologies, and ensure the long-term sustainability of Canada’s oceans economy.
  • Advance Bill C-68, the proposed reforms to the Fisheries Act, which seeks to restore lost protections, and incorporate modern safeguards so that fish and fish habitat are protected for future generations and so that Canada’s fisheries can continue to grow Canada’s economy and sustain coastal communities.
  • As the government met its target of protecting 5% of our marine and coastal areas by 2017, work with the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to achieve our 10% target by 2020. This should include minimum protection standards for Canada’s marine protected areas and marine refuges.
  • Co-lead the implementation of the G7 Charlevoix Blueprint for Healthy Oceans, Seas and Resilient Coastal Communities and the G7 Ocean Plastics Charter with the support of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, with a particular focus on plastics, illegal and unreported and unregulated fishing, and ocean monitoring.
  • Working with the Minister of Science and Sport, use scientific evidence, traditional Indigenous knowledge, and the precautionary principle, and take into account climate change, when making decisions affecting fish stocks and ecosystem management."

The priority dealing with protected areas differs from previous Minister Leblanc's letter:

Minister LeBlanc's mandate letter:  

"Work with the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to increase the proportion of Canada’s marine and coastal areas that are protected – to five percent by 2017, and ten percent by 2020 – supported by new investments in community consultation and science."

Minister Wilkinson's letter: 

"As the government met its target of protecting 5% of our marine and coastal areas by 2017, work with the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to achieve our 10% target by 2020. This should include minimum protection standards for Canada’s marine protected areas and marine refuges."


Full mandate letter:



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MSC to come up with new proposal, after U-turn on ‘unit of assessment’ review

New Marine Stewardship Council proposal to reassess a previous decision to disallow MSC certified seafood to be caught concurrently with non-MSC certified seafood. Of particular concern were many tuna fisheries around and world and other multispecies, multi-gear fisheries.

Click on the link below for the full story:

"DFO Reverses Surf Clam Award After Refusing to Re-open Flawed Process in Victory for Clearwater"

The controversial decision to create a fourth arctic surf clam licence has been reversed. 

The licence was intended to include more First Nation local participation in the lucrative fishery as previously all licences were held by a single company. Concerns about the allocation of the fourth licence to the Five Nations Clam Company were voiced by those in the fishing community and at all levels of government due to the perceived flawed process. 

The DFO announcement states this decision was actually cancelled in early July.

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New Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard: Jonathan Wilkinson


 Jonathan Wilkinson has been appointed the new Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard. 

In an interview with Postmedia, Minister Wilkinson said “I’m certainly very proud as a member from British Columbia to take on this responsibility, and I very much look forward to working actively on very fundamental issues to B.C. and to Canada,”. It is significant that we now have a Fisheries Minister from the West Coast.

Minister Wilkinson has a background working within the private sector with companies dedicated to the development of green technologies. He also served as a parliamentary secretary from 2015-2018. He is the MP from North Vancouver. If we have any members from North Vancouver please consider reaching out to him to establish the BCTFA’s presence. If you need any speaking notes or assistance with your message please contact Tiare Boyes.

A recent press release from the Fisheries Council of Canada highlights Canada as a global leader in sustainable fisheries and emphasizes the need for further investment in the fisheries sector.