Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

October 12, 2005 10:25 ET

DFO/Canada and Portugal Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Fisheries Co-operation: Bilateral Committee Created to Oversee Implementation

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 12, 2005) - Geoff Regan, Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and Jaime Silva, Portugal's Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, today signed a memorandum of understanding to advance bilateral fisheries relations.

"It is important for Canada to continue to forge closer relations with its partners in the Northwest Atlantic," said Minister Regan. "International co-operation in fisheries relations is essential to ensure that the world's fish stocks - particularly in the Atlantic - are managed and used in a sustainable way."

"Portugal and Canada have worked very hard over the past year to find ways to better understand our respective fishing interests," said Minister Silva. "This memorandum of understanding will provide new opportunities to work together toward achieving mutual goals for healthy, sustainable fish stocks and prosperous fisheries."

The Canada-Portugal Memorandum of Understanding on Fisheries Co-operation is a collective commitment to improve international fisheries and oceans governance. It builds on the commitment as outlined in the Ministerial Declaration of the international conference on the Governance of High Seas Fish Stocks and the UN Fish Agreement that was held in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador in May 2005.

The bilateral arrangement includes a commitment to promote technical, scientific, economic, and enforcement co-operation and exchanges on fisheries matters among governments and related stakeholders. It includes a commitment to sustainably manage the fisheries through the ongoing exchange of information and documentation, and co-ordinated programs and projects of the two governments. It also pledges to establish linkages among stakeholders in related industries.

To ensure the management of this memorandum of understanding, Canada and Portugal have created a Committee for Bilateral Co-operation on Fisheries. The Committee will meet once a year, alternately in Canada and Portugal, to review the year's fishery, discuss issues of relevance to both countries, and promote ways and means of developing enhanced dialogue and a stronger understanding in areas of mutual interest. Co-chaired by Directors-General in the fisheries departments of both countries, the Committee will also select projects and programs that expand bilateral co-operation, and then monitor and facilitate the fulfillment of approved activities.

As part of his trip to Canada, Minister Silva will be in St. John's on October 13, to meet with Fisheries and Oceans Canada officials and, in a separate meeting, the Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister of Newfoundland and Labrador, Trevor Taylor. Minister Silva will also participate in a Portuguese cultural tour while in the City of St. John's.

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