Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

May 12, 2005 11:19 ET

DFO: Minister Regan Concerned About Snow Crab Waste

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 12, 2005) - Recent media reports from New Brunswick have brought to light an issue of great concern to me personally in regard to the Area 12 snow crab fishery of the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The first few days of this fishery saw significant landings of crab being made at New Brunswick plants by some vessels that constitute the province's traditional fleet. These high landings caused processing problems at a number of plants. I have received reports that some crab were dumped or were simply turned into fish meal.

I have instructed my officials to monitor this situation closely. I have also asked my officials to provide me with options if this problem persists. I want to assure industry participants and the public that I will use all the tools available to me as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to prevent any future waste of this valuable resource. Such waste is not in anybody's interest.

I understand that there has been significant improvement in this situation since May 7.

While I am pleased to hear that, I hope that all parties will continue to work together in a responsible manner to ensure an orderly, well-managed fishery in which all participants receive maximum values in Crab Fishing Area 12.

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Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Office of the Minister
    Sujata Raisinghani
    Press Secretary
    (613) 992-3474