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At the AQIP meeting

Once again this year, Fisheries and Oceans Canada was clearly present at the Association québécoise de l’industrie de la pêche (AQIP) annual meeting, held in Quebec last January 27 and 28.

The Department employees who participated in the various workshops and presentations consider the conference to have been highly productive and they appreciated the friendly atmosphere. This year’s theme meshed perfectly with DFO objectives for the next few years”, said Richard Nadeau, DFO Regional General Director for the Quebec Region, referring to the economic prosperity of the fisheries. As evidence, in her theme-related address to meeting participants, Our industry’s positioning in terms of the world’s economy, the Honourable Josée Verner highlighted the measures proposed by DFO to deal with such issues as access to markets and the management of sustainable fisheries.   She notably pointed to the creation of the Catch Certification Office in Ottawa, which aims to enable the industry to rapidly obtain certificates confirming that catches comply with the new rules governing exports to Europe. The Honourable Josée Verner, MP and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs attended the conference on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, the Honourable Gail Shea.

Verner also reminded listeners of the importance to Canada of a sustainable fishing industry, one that is balanced in economic, social and environmental considerations. Moreover, DFO is very proud that the Gulf of St. Lawrence shrimp fishery has obtained MSC certification, one of the projects initiated by AQIP.

The DFO Quebec Region delegation included several members of the regional management committee, notably Richard Nadeau, Regional Director General, Johanne Benoit-Guillot, Associate Regional Director General, Patrick Vincent, Regional Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Management, Louise Deschênes, Regional Director, Policy and Economics Branch, Martin St-Gelais, Area Director, North Shore, and Vincent Malouin, Area Director, Gaspe – Lower St. Lawrence. The delegation also included several people representing the Fisheries and Aquaculture Branch and the Policy and Economics Branch.

Micheline Jacques
Associate Regional Director General's Office