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.

For information:

Lisa Tenace
FRCC Secretariat
(613) 998-1144