Senator Percy Mockler, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, welcomed the CCGS M. Perley to the Canadian Coast Guard fleet at the vessel’s naming ceremony.
The Senator was joined by sponsors Céline Perley and Peter Perley.
The CCGS M. Perley is named after Moses Perley, a self-taught naturalist in 19th century New Brunswick who did pioneering work on fisheries research in New Brunswick, the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Bay of Fundy. Moses Perley was an early advocate for Aboriginal rights and was appointed New Brunswick Fishery Commissioner in 1855.
Although primarily designed for fisheries and oceanographic research missions in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the CCGS M. Perley can also carry out search and rescue and pollution response duties if needed.
“Our Government is proud to invest in the modernization and procurement of new science vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard. In addition to generating economic growth, it will make an enormous difference to our scientists ensuring the sustainability of our fisheries,” said the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
“We are making strategic investments to help the Coast Guard and the Department’s scientists do their vital work on behalf of those who make their living from the sea,” said Senator Mockler. “I am proud to be part of a government that has invested more in the Canadian Coast Guard than any government in Canadian history.”