Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

September 08, 2005 17:22 ET

Minister Regan in Indonesia to Co-Host APEC Oceans Ministers' Meeting and Forward International Fisheries and Oceans Governance Agenda

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 8, 2005) - Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, will be in Bali, Indonesia from September 15-17, 2005, to co-host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Oceans Ministers' Meeting. The Minister will be accompanied by Ken Boshcoff, Member of Parliament for
Thunder Bay - Rainy River, Ontario.

"Asia-Pacific economies account for more than 75 per cent of the world's capture fisheries and over 90 per cent of the world's aquaculture production," said Minister Regan. "To maintain economic growth and prosperity in the coastal communities of this region, APEC partners must work together to ensure sustainable marine resources and healthy oceans ecosystems."

The theme of the APEC Oceans Ministers' Meeting is "Our Coasts, our Ocean ... An Action Plan for Sustainability." Participants will consider efforts to conserve marine biodiversity, prevent pollution and protect important ecosystems such as coral reefs. They will also focus discussions on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and ecosystem-based management of high seas fish stocks.

During his trip to Indonesia, Minister Regan will meet several counterparts from Asia-Pacific fishing nations to discuss priorities for sustainable marine resources, including Canada's strategy to combat global overfishing and improve international fisheries governance. In particular, the Minister will be seeking additional international support for the actions outlined in the ministerial declaration of the St. John's Conference. These include modernizing and strengthening regional fisheries management organizations to prevent and eliminate IUU fishing.

On September 15, the Minister will meet His Excellency Freddy Numberi, Minister for Marine Affairs and Fisheries in the Republic of Indonesia and co-host of the APEC meeting. Minister Regan will also participate in bilateral meetings with two of Canada's partners in the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission, His Excellency Keo-don Oh, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in the Republic of Korea, and Mr. Kenro Iino, Japan's Ambassador to Indonesia. The Commission manages salmon and other related fish stocks in the North Pacific.

On September 16, Minister Regan will have bilateral meetings with Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr. (Ret.), Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States, and the Honourable Ian Campbell, Australia's Minister of Environment and Heritage. The United States and Canada share memberships in a number of regional fisheries management organizations, and are partners in several bilateral fisheries agreements. Australia and Canada are both members of the ministerial High Seas Task Force on IUU fishing, and the countries have similar approaches to combat overfishing on the high seas.

On September 17, the Minister will meet His Excellency Mr. Hector Felipe Sandoval Precht, the Undersecretary of Fisheries in Chile and another member of the High Seas Task Force.

Mr. Sandoval Precht was a key ministerial participant in the St. John's Conference round table discussions that took place in May 2005.

"I look forward to productive discussions with Canada's Asia-Pacific partners to advance our mutual objective for better management of global fish stocks," said Minister Regan. "International co-operation is vital to maintain the current momentum for change."

Canadian media are advised that Minister Regan will be available to answer questions regarding this trip via teleconference by dialing 1-866-758-2727 and entering passcode no. 728012# on September 15 at 16:00 PDT (19:00 EDT/20:30 NDT).

Canada's participation at the APEC Oceans Ministers' Meeting will be featured at: www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/infocus/2005/20050914_e.htm. For more information regarding Canada's strategy to combat overfishing and improve international fisheries governance, visit: www.overfishing.gc.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Sophie Galarneau
    Manager, Media Relations
    (613) 990-7537
    or
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Office of the Minister
    Sujata Raisinghani, Press Secretary
    (613) 992-3474
    www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca