Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

October 05, 2009 15:53 ET

Minister Shea Announces Appointment of David Balfour to Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2009) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced the appointment of Mr. David Balfour as Government Commissioner and Head of Canada's Delegation at the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO).

"I am pleased that Mr. Balfour has accepted to serve as Canadian Commissioner and Head of Delegation to NAFO," said Minister Shea. "His considerable experience and his in-depth knowledge of the complex issue of international fisheries will continue to prove important assets for Canada."

Founded in 1979, NAFO is a regional fisheries management organization made up of 12 Contracting Parties (11 countries and the European Union). It is responsible for the management of nine fish species of the Northwest Atlantic, in international waters outside Canada's 200 mile limit. The Government Commissioner to NAFO is the head of the Canadian delegation that represents Canada at the organization.

Mr. Balfour holds a Bachelor's Degree (Honours) from Carleton University and is a Certified General Accountant. He has published articles in the Journal of World Fisheries Congress and the Policy Options journal. Mr. Balfour also received a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Margarita Lizárraga Medal in 2001 for his leadership in establishing the Canadian Fishing Industry Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing Operations.

Mr. Balfour currently serves as Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Fisheries and Aquaculture Management, at Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

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