July 17, 2020
The Fisheries Resource Conservation Council (FRCC) will hold public consultations next week to discuss specific proposals for criteria for re-opening closed fisheries.
The final report, to follow these consultations, will focus on criteria that can be realistically applied -- on simple, relevant and reliable indicators which accurately characterize the status of the stocks, concentrating on spawning biomass, recruitment, age structure, and geographical distribution, using a half-way point for each indicator.
Discussion with interested stakeholders will center around criteria put forth in the FRCC report, "From Moratorium to Sustainability: Criteria for Re-Opening and Sustainable Harvesting" during public consultations with interested stakeholders at the following locations:
|July 22||Moncton, NB||Hotel Beauséjour|
|July 23||Sydney, NS||Cambridge Suites|
|July 24||Clarenville, NF||Holiday Inn|
|July 25||Deer Lake, NF||Deer Lake Motel|
|July 26||Blanc Sablon, QC||Hôtel de Ville|
|July 27||Gaspé, QC||Auberge des Commandants|
The meetings will begin at 9:00 AM. They will be chaired by Dr. Paul LeBlond and will be attended by members of the FRCC Stock Assessment Sub-Committee. Members of the media are welcome.
At the consultations, DFO officials will also make their own presentation on management issues which impact on the re-opening of closed fisheries. It should be noted that these DFO management issues fall outside the mandate of the FRCC.