I will just take two minutes. You introduced my colleagues, and we are pleased to be here with you today and will devote most of the time to respond to your questions.
We circulated a presentation yesterday to committees. The presentation is also available on the website. We used it with all stakeholders, NGOs, industry, and fisheries associations to present the act after it was tabled. I hope it's providing you good context.
You see, given the number of DGs around the table, the complexity of the Fisheries Act. We consulted over 16 months, received a lot of comments, starting with SCOFO, the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, and we really appreciate that it was the foundation of the work we did in listening to Canadians. We were able to integrate almost all the comments we received from Canadians.
We also want to point out that this work was done in collaboration with the three other departments undergoing environmental reviews at the same time and are being studied by the environment committee at the moment. We have also tried to bring some consistency with the legislation put forward by government.
I'll stop there. We're open for questions and I'll direct the traffic with my colleagues.