OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 3, 2016) - A troop of 13 new fishery officers have graduated from the Fishery Officer Trainee program and will be joining the ranks of the Conservation and Protection Branch of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The graduation ceremony was held in Regina, Saskatchewan. Parliamentary Secretary Serge Cormier was on hand to congratulate the graduates in person on behalf of Minister Hunter Tootoo.

This is the first francophone troop of graduates since 2011. The new fishery officers were required to complete 16 weeks of classroom training, including nine weeks of training on enforcement methods at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Training Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan. The graduates will now complete 30 months of practical training in Conservation and Protection field offices across Quebec and New Brunswick.


"Fishery Officers are the federal government's front line in support of the Fisheries Act, and other related acts and regulations. They play a critical role in communities across Canada, promoting compliance and building awareness about enforcement activities and conservation goals. I am very pleased to welcome these new graduates to the department and I wish them all the best as they embark on their new careers."

- The Honourable Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

"The Fishery Officer Trainee program is highly regarded and I am so pleased to be here today to congratulate the newest members of the Conservation and Protection team. It's great to know that Canada has these highly trained officers in place to ensure that our valuable fisheries resources remain healthy and strong, today and into the future."

- Serge Cormier, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

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