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 Beaus�jour
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 H�tel de Ville
July 27 Gasp�, 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