October 28, 2020

Letter to Stakeholders:

The Fisheries Resource Conservation Council (FRCC) will hold public consultations this fall to gather information on Scotian Shelf and Bay of Fundy groundfish stocks. This information will assist the Council in making recommendations to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans for conservation requirements for the year 2000.

Meetings will be held November 30 in Sydney at the Delta, December 1 in Shelburne at the Firehall, and December 2 in Halifax at the Holiday Inn, Kearney Lake Road. 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 4X        HADDOCK 4X         SILVER HAKE 4VWX         POLLOCK 4VWX,5Z

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

                    COD (4VsW, 4Vn (M-O))             ATLANTIC HALIBUT (4VWX5Zc)
                    HADDOCK (4TVW)                      SKATE (4VsW)
                    WOLFFISH (4VWX)                     WHITE HAKE (4VWX5zC)
                    CUSK (4VWX)                             MONKFISH   (4VWX)
                    FLATFISH (4VW,4X)                    ARGENTINE (4VWX)
                    REDFISH (Units 1,2,3, 3O)

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, objectives and resource requirements. Acordingly, the views of stakeholders will also be sought on priorities for science during these meetings.

The Halifax meeting December 2 will cover all Scotian Shelf groundfish stocks but will focus inititially on redfish, of interest to those fishing in units 1,2,3 and 3O. The meeting in Halifax will begin at 9:00 am with the redfish portion to be completed between 9:00 and 11:00 am. At 11:30 am, the consultation on Scotian Shelf and Bay of Fundy stocks will begin.

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