Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

November 14, 2006 11:26 ET

Canada and Norway Close Allies on Fisheries Issues

OSLO, NORWAY--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 14, 2006) - The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today met Norway's Minister for Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Helga Pedersen, to build on shared successes in strengthening the management of high seas fish stocks and ensuring sustainable domestic fisheries.

"Norway and Canada stood side-by-side to help secure much needed reforms in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization," said Minister Hearn. "With their dedication to ending illegal fishing on the high seas, Norway is an important ally for Canada."

The Minister is in the Nordic countries of Iceland and Norway this week to accelerate the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the North Atlantic Ocean. This includes sharing information on port state measures that prevent illegal fish from entering the market, and discussing other port state sanctions that were agreed to by all North Atlantic Fisheries Ministers at their annual meeting in June 2006. It also includes finding ways to strengthen monitoring, control and surveillance of the high seas so overfishing by members of regional fisheries management organizations, and IUU fishers are caught and dealt with harshly.

Canada and Norway are both members of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, and the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization. Strengthening these organizations to ensure that they better manage high seas fish stocks and protect vulnerable marine ecosystems is a shared priority. The Ministers also discussed continuing the successes achieved at NAFO.

During his two-day stop in Norway, Minister Hearn is also meeting government officials and industry leaders to learn more about Norway's domestic fisheries and aquaculture industries. This includes visiting aquaculture facilities in Bergen that specialize in salmon and cod farming. The Minister is also discussing market access for seal products and seal pelt processing issues with the Norwegian seal industry.

"Fishing is a vital way of life for the majority of coastal Canadians and Norwegians," said Minister Hearn. "To make sure this way of life continues to thrive, we have to pay attention to the things we do at home, and to what happens out on the high seas."

"Norway understands this and we're fortunate to be able to work with them."

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Phil Jenkins
    Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Steve Outhouse
    Director of Communications, Office of the Minister