Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

November 10, 2006 11:26 ET

Media Advisory/DFO: Minister Hearn to Travel to Iceland and Norway, November 13-15, 2006

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 10, 2006) - The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, will be in the Nordic countries of Iceland and Norway next week to advance efforts to stop overfishing and other illegal fishing activities.

On November 13, the Minister will be in Reykjavik to meet Minister of Fisheries, Einar K. Gudfinnsson, to discuss initiatives to stop illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and strengthen regional fisheries management organizations. They will also discuss inshore fishery issues and seals. Among other activities, the Minister's trip to Iceland will include a visit to a local fish processing plant, tour of the Marine Research Institute, and discussions on monitoring, control and surveillance measures.

On November 14, Minister Hearn will be in Oslo for bilateral meetings with the Minister for Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Helga Pedersen, and the State Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Liv Monica Stubholt, to discuss Canada-Norway cooperation in the recent Northern Dialogue, integrated fisheries management, and addressing IUU fishing. The Minister will also meet members of the Storting Standing Committee on Business and Industry to share information on the structure of fisheries in Norway and Canada, 'ocean to plate' value chain in marine fisheries, and aquaculture issues.

On November 15, the Minister will be in Bergen visiting Norwegian fishing vessels with representatives from local fishing and shipowners associations, as well as the Reiber seal pelt processing plant. He will also tour aquaculture facilities, and hold discussions with Greign Seafood and Leroy Seafood regarding the challenges facing aquaculture industries, and opportunities for joint ventures.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Office of the Minister
    Steve Outhouse
    Director of Communications