October 28, 2020

Letter to Stakeholders:

The Fisheries Resource Conservation Council (FRCC) will hold public consultations this fall to gather information on groundfish stocks in Sub-Areas 0, 2 +3. This information will assist the Council in making recommendations to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans for conservation requirements for the year 2000.

The meetings will be held November 22 in Deer Lake at the Deer Lake Motel, November 23 in Harbour Breton at the Lions Club, November 24 in Gander at the Albatross Hotel, and November 25 in Clarenville at the Legion Hall. Discussion will begin at 9:00 am. Scientists from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will provide new scientific advice on the following stocks:

                    COD (3Ps)    AMERICAN PLAICE (3Ps)   WITCH FLOUNDER (3Ps)     POLLOCK (3Ps)    LUMPFISH

In addition, updates will be provided on the following stocks:

                    AMERICAN PLAICE (2 + 3K                        WITCH FLOUNDER (2J3KL)
                    HADDOCK (3LNO)                                      REDFISH   (2+3K, 3O, units 1,2)
                    GREENLAND HALIBUT  (0B+1B-F, 2+3)      SKATE (3LNOPs)
                    ROUNDNOSE GRENADIER (0, 2+3)

During these meetings, the FRCC will seek the views of stakeholders regarding all of these stocks in preparation for the provision of advice to the Minister in January 2000.

The FRCC’s mandate also includes the provision of advice to the Minister on DFO science research programs and recommendations on priorities, onjectives and resource requirements. Acordingly, the views of stakeholders will also be sought on priorities for science during these meetings.

Stakeholders primarily interested in redfish in units 1,2,3 and 3O should note that while these meetings will elicit comments on redfish stocks, a meeting at 9:00 am on December 2 in Halifax at the Holiday Inn, Kearney Lake Road, will focus on redfish.

Stakeholders are welcome to make public presentations at the meetings or to provide a written brief to the FRCC at P.O. Box 2001, Station D, Ottawa, ON K1P 5W3, phone (613) 998-0433, fax (613) 998-1146, internet http://www.ncr.dfo.ca/frcc.

We look forward to hearing your views and hope you will participate fully.


Fred Woodman, Chairman