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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017

 

For Immediate Release

 

PC Opposition Resolution Calls for Action Immediately On Joint Fisheries Management

 

In the House of Assembly on Wednesday, the PC Opposition Caucus brought forward a Private Member’s Resolution urging “the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to take immediate action to establish joint fisheries management."

 

The resolution – brought forward by Opposition Fisheries Critic Kevin Parsons, and supported with speeches from Ferryland MHA Keith Hutchings and Fortune Bay – Cape La Hune MHA Tracey Perry – received unanimous support from Members of the House of Assembly.

 

The Opposition is calling for a committee to be put in place immediately to take the lead on developing a detailed framework for joint fisheries management and report back within a year.

 

Parsons said, “The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board is an excellent model to use as we make our case to Ottawa for a new approach to fisheries management that gives Newfoundland and Labrador a seat at the table in our most important resource industry.”

 

Hutchings said, “We need to take the politics out of this critical issue – and the best way to do that is to establish a committee, led by Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University, with the participation of industry stakeholders, to develop a detailed framework on joint fisheries management for presentation to the Government of Canada and report back within a year.”

 

Perry said, “The time for letting others determine our future is past. This is Canada’s 150th anniversary. So Canada – here’s how to celebrate your birthday – by granting to Newfoundland and Labrador the say we require to turn the fishing industry we brought to this country into a truly sustainable 21st-century enterprise. We have proven, through the unprecedented successes of the aquaculture industry in my district, that our fishery offers our people a bright and sustainable future, if we are directly involved in managing the industry in the best interests of the people.”

 

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Media Contact: Heather MacLean, Director of Operations and Communications, Office of the Official Opposition (709) 729 6105, heathermaclean@gov.nl.ca

 

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