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March 5, 2020

a sustainability framework for atlantic Herring

Ottawa, ON. - In January the Minister for Fisheries and Oceans Canada asked the Fisheries Resource Conservation Council (FRCC, Council) to develop a Sustainability Framework for the Atlantic Herring Fishery. During the months of March and April the FRCC will hold a series of consultations with stakeholders across the Atlantic Provinces and Québec.

The goal of the report is to provide a long-term direction to the Minister and industry on measures, issues and practices that can help maintain sustainable fisheries and conserve the resource. “We know that there are a number of local or regional conservation initiatives underway in the herring industry and we are confident that stakeholders will want to share this information with the Council,” said Mr. Jean Guy d’Entremont, Chairman of the FRCC.

This is a unique opportunity for stakeholders to have a direct input into the development of the long-term direction for the management of herring fisheries by advising on what is working well and what adjustments are required in order to ensure long-term sustainability. All FRCC consultations are open to the public and will provide a forum for an open dialogue between Council and participants.

“The Council does not intend to interfere with current ongoing local initiatives and would encourage stakeholders to pursue such work in their respective areas.” Mr. d’Entremont also mentioned that the Council is looking for all information or initiative that could guide the Council in its work.

The Council would appreciate receiving any documents, published or in draft form, that participants feel would be useful to the Council in its consideration of the herring fishery. Those not able to take part in a one of the planned consultations can also send relevant documents to the Council Secretariat. Briefs will be accepted by the Council until the end of September, 2008. The FRCC’s address and consultation schedule can be found on the Council’s website (www.frcc-ccrh.ca) or by calling 613 998-0433.

The following items are provided to illustrate the types of information the Council is seeking:

  • major risk factors and threats to the sustainability of the fishery
  • existing best practices as well as new solutions or opportunities
  • scientific information requirements
  • handling practices
  • management and stewardship initiatives
  • role of herring in the ecosystem

For additional information, interested parties are asked to contact the FRCC Secretariat.

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For information:

Arthur Willett
Executive Director
Fisheries resource Conservation Council
(613) 998-0433
info@frcc-ccrh.ca