Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

September 01, 2011 19:52 ET

CORRECTION: Fisheries Ministers Renew Commitment to Sustainability and Prosperity of Canadian Fishing and Aquaculture Industry

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2011) - This document corrects and replaces the release that was sent earlier today at 7:11 PM EDT.

Editors' note: 2 photos are associated with this press release.

The Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers concluded their annual meeting today with discussions on the need for Canada to maintain a leading position in a changing global fishing industry. The meeting was co-chaired by the Honourable Keith Ashfield, federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Honorable Daniel Shewchuk, Minister of Environment for the Government of Nunavut.

"My colleagues and I are working together to support a more economically and ecologically sustainable Canadian fishing and aquaculture industry that will ensure the continued competitiveness of Canadian seafood products in domestic and international markets," said Minister Ashfield. "We are cooperating to provide Canadian fish harvesters, processors and marketers with an operating environment characterized by stability, predictability, transparency and trust – where they can make more informed business decisions for the longer term."

Discussions took place on the work already under way to maintain Canada's leading position in a changing global fishing industry, where market dynamics, resource fluctuations and environmental changes are leading to profound shifts. Ministers also discussed how food traceability is becoming a global trend and how consumers – domestic and international – are asking for fish and seafood products that come from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.

Ministers recognized the growing importance of aquaculture as a contributor to the Canadian seafood industry. Further discussions were held on key seafood trade and safety issues, and addressing aquatic invasive species. At the meeting, Ministers also approved in principle a national framework for Marine Protected Areas.

"The Government of Nunavut is very pleased with the shared focus on sustainable growth in Canada's fishing and aquaculture industries," said Minister Shewchuk. "We see tremendous opportunity for a new understanding of how both emerging and established fisheries can be managed for maximum benefit in the future."

The 2012 meeting of the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers will be hosted by the Government of British Columbia.

For broadcast: The Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Ministers responsible for fisheries and aquaculture closed their annual meeting today. The group tackled issues important to Canadian fish harvesters such as access to global seafood markets and the protection and conservation of Canada's marine resources.

The photos associated with this press release are available at the following addresses:

Contact Information

  • Frank Stanek
    Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Barbara Mottram
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

    Steve Pinksen
    Director of Policy, Planning and Legislation
    Department of Environment
    Government of Nunavut