Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

March 06, 2009 17:21 ET

Conservation and Management Plans for the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Lobster Fishery

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 6, 2009) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today issued the following statement:

On February 11, officials from my department met in Moncton, New Brunswick with representatives from the lobster fishing industry in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence to discuss conservation and management measures. I have also met personally with many of the groups representing the lobster industry to discuss the development of detailed management plans to help conserve lobster stocks.

As Minister, long-term conservation is my fundamental mandate. There are a number of key conservation elements in all of the plans submitted by the fishing groups. Today, I accept those plans and I want to applaud the efforts of the industry to manage this resource sustainably, both through the current plans and other measures that have been adopted in recent years.

I also recognize that one plan will not fit all lobster fishing areas, and flexibility will be a key measure as we move ahead with these plans. Groups which are ready to implement a plan can do so immediately. Other groups facing greater adjustments or needing more time to agree on a management plan will have the support of officials in my department as they continue exploring appropriate conservation measures.

Every lobster fishing group and association has expressed concern for their product considering the current market situation. Clearly, we must provide support to industry sectors feeling the impact of economic uncertainty. I am pleased to note that last week the Fisheries Council of Canada received $328,750 through the Canadian Agriculture and Food International Program to support the lobster industry's marketing efforts. The Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island governments have jointly contributed a further $126,250 to this initiative.

Our Government will continue to work with those involved in the lobster industry to ensure it is sustainable and continues to support the economies of coastal communities for generations to come.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Phil Jenkins
    Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Office of the Minister
    Ann Matejicka
    Director of Communications