The Quebec Fish Processors Association held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Québec on January 30, 2014. The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, took the opportunity to reiterate the government’s support for the fishing and seafood industry.
Several months ago, Fisheries and Oceans Canada began making adjustments to its fisheries management services. This modernization includes, among others, changes to licensing, as well as for logbooks and tagging. Here are the highlights.
Protecting fisheries resources requires constant vigilance. Illegal fishing activities can have a major impact on species and the communities that depend on fishing activities. In this context, the Poaching Alert program recently developed a new online reporting form.
On June 29, 2012, the Fisheries Act was amended to strengthen DFO’s ability to manage threats to the sustainability and productivity of Canada’s commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fisheries. These changes include improved compliance and protection tools, and more accurate and consistent regulatory requirements.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada has just published the Gulf of St. Lawrence Integrated Management Plan. This initiative proposes a framework for better integration of decisions regarding human activities that affect the ecosystem. This plan is the result of a major review conducted by federal government departments, provincial governments and Aboriginal organizations.
In 2013, preliminary data for the commercial fishing season in Quebec show total landings of 60 385 tonnes valued at $166.2 million. The year 2013 was marked by a 5% increase in landed volume and a 3% increase in value. The increase in landings is mainly attributable to increased landings of snow crab (+17%), shrimp (+10%), lobster (+7%), mackerel (+9%), herring (+4%) and Arctic surfclam (+22%). The increase in the value of landings is largely attributable to a significant hike in the landing prices for snow crab landings.
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