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The Flawed Plan to Rebuild Canada’s Iconic Northern Cod

Editor’s Note: This commentary was originally published by Policy Options on March 22, 2021.   Canada is on the cusp of an inauspicious anniversary. Next year will mark 30 years since Newfoundland’s 500-year-old Northern cod fishery was shut down. The fishery was closed on July 2, 1992 because of a massive decline in the cod population, as much as 95 per cent, between the early 1960s and the early 1990s. The socioeconomic consequences were staggering: 30,000 to 40,000 jobs ...

Legislation Expected this Fall to Lift N.S. Licence Freeze

The moratorium on the issuance of new licences for fish buying and processing in Nova Scotia could soon be lifted. “We’re probably going to take legislation to the legislature this fall around that,” said Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell in an interview. A licensing policy review, initiated after concerns were expressed by industry over a number of things including grandfathered licenses and what are commonly referred to as bingo card licences, has been ...

New Fisheries Law a Step Forward, but Won’t Resolve Conflicts

The new Canadian Fisheries Act is a long overdue modernization that clearly helps fix some management issues with Canadian fisheries, but also enshrines into law some of the problematic aspects of Canadian ocean protection efforts. With the third reading of the fisheries bill under the Canadian system, the bill will now quickly become law once signed by the governor general, the Queen’s representative in Canada. The major changes in the bill are as follows: Reverses the Harper ...

Moratorium Continues on New Fish Buying, Processing Licenses in N.S.

An ongoing licensing policy review by the Nova Scotia Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries is expected to keep the freeze on the issuance of new licences for fish buying and processing in the province for at least another year. The moratorium was initiated a year ago after concerns were expressed by the industry over a number of things, said Minister Keith Colwell in an interview, including “grandfathered licenses,” and what are commonly referred to as “bingo card” licences. As ...

Federal Government Updates Ocean Protection Initiatives

With the longest coastline in the world, the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic oceans have been part of Canadians’ way of life for centuries and they have helped to build Canada’s history and sustain our economy over generations. We all want our oceans to remain productive, sustainable and able to support healthy marine ecosystems and coastal communities. As Canada’s Oceans Minister, these are priorities for me and this Oceans Day is an opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments and ...

Fisheries Advisory Council Supports Minister’s Position on Adjacency and Calls for Inclusion in the Fisheries Act

The following letter was addressed to Gerry Byrne, N.L. Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources, on Feb. 23, 2018.   Your Fisheries Advisory Council has reviewed the issues associated with the current review of the Federal Fisheries Act. The federal government is considering a number of additions as part of the proposed amendments to the Fisheries Act. One of the considerations is to advance and improve fisheries management through the incorporation of modern resource management ...

Will the Fisheries Act Amendments Clear or Muddy the Legal Waters?

“Stephen Harper’s changes to the Fisheries Act and his elimination of the Navigable Waters Protection Act, have weakened environmental protections. We will review these changes, restore lost protections, and incorporate more modern safeguards.” This quote is from the federal Liberals 2015 election campaign mandate. On February 6 of this year, the now governing Liberals attempted to live up to a portion of that campaign promise with announced amendments to the Fisheries Act. Fisher...

Minister Announces Changes to the Fisheries Act

On February 6, Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced amendments to the Fisheries Act that would restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards to protect our fish and their habitat for generations to come. LeBlanc said the Government of Canada is putting in place better rules to protect the environment. “To preserve, protect and help restore our environment we need a Fisheries Act that Canadians can trust. Today, I am pleased ...

We Need to Enhance Atlantic Canada’s Fisheries

Demand for Canada’s seafood exports should continue to grow dramatically, as Asian markets remain strong and European markets open up under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the EU. Yet many leaders in the seafood industry in Atlantic Canada fear fisheries policies may be adapted in a way that creates instability in the industry and compromises investment and economic growth. In a speech last summer in Nova Scotia, Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc hinted at far-rea...

Minister Announces Changes to the Fisheries Act

Today, Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced amendments to the Fisheries Act that would restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards to protect our fish and their habitat for generations to come. LeBlanc said the Government of Canada is putting in place better rules to protect the environment. “To preserve, protect and help restore our environment we need a Fisheries Act that Canadians can trust. Today, I am pleased we are ...