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ICCAT Reports Stable Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Stocks

An agreement in principle on amendments to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) Convention and establishing a multi-annual management plan for bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean were among the 12 recommendations and resolutions adopted at the organization’s annual meeting on Nov. 19 in Croatia. “The Government of Canada is very pleased that an agreement in principle has been reached on amendments to the convention, which include ...

FISH-NL Issues Warning to DFO on Changes to Harvester Registration in Atlantic Canada

The following letter was addressed to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) — National Fisheries Policy Office in Ottawa.   As FISH-NL warns the Government of Canada to proceed with extreme caution and to revisit changes implemented years ago in Newfoundland and Labrador because of the conflict of interest created between the Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board (PFHCB) and FFAW-Unifor, the union that currently represents inshore fish harvesters in collective ...

On the Waterfront – February 2018

New Inshore Rescue Boat Station Boosts Arctic Maritime Search and Rescue Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, recently announced the creation of an Inshore Rescue Boat station in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut which will provide seasonal search and rescue capabilities in that region. Establishing this new station is a step towards building stronger working relationships with northern communities, and is an important indicator for how Coast Guard services will ...

DFO Increases Access for Indigenous Groups to Southern Gulf Snow Crab Fishery

The Government of Canada is using an historic increase in snow crab biomass in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence to increase Indigenous access to this fishery during the 2017 season. Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced April 12 that the management decision for Crab Fishing Areas (CFA) 12, 12E, 12F, and 19. The decision includes a one-time setting aside of up to 1,100 tonnes from CFAs 12 and 19 for Indigenous groups in the area to increase ...

PC Opposition Welcomes CETA, Demands Fisheries Fund

Keith Hutchings, Intergovernmental Affairs Critic for the Official Opposition, said, “We welcome news that both the European Parliament and the Canadian House of Commons have approved CETA, paving the way to remove more than 98 per cent of trade barriers between Canada and the European Union, but now we expect the Government of Canada to honour Justin Trudeau’s commitment to Newfoundland and Labrador that Ottawa will provide its share of the Fisheries Investment Fund that he promised ...