February 25, 2016
McDonald Succeeds with Motion to Study Northern Cod Revitalization
Today, Ken McDonald, M.P. (Avalon) introduced a motion to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans to undertake a study of the replenishment of northern cod and investigate the associated impact on other associated species. The study will investigate possible future harvesting technologies. Mr. McDonald was delighted to receive all-party support for his motion.
“The revitalization of a northern cod fishery will bring tremendous opportunities and significant challenges for all stakeholders. It is time now that we need to understand these challenges in order to maximize the future opportunities.” stated Mr. McDonald. “I’m delighted the Committee has accepted my motion to proceed with this study.”
“I’m hoping this study will bring together the knowledge of scientist, harvesters, union, processors, marketers and other stakeholders to try and determine the best path forward. I think it is important that we start the discussion now and then we’ll be ready when stocks are able to sustain a viable commercial fishery.”, said McDonald.
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Ken McDonald, M.P. (Avalon)
The motions reads as followed:
That the Committee commence a study of the Northern Cod Stock and its relevance to associated species. This study would evaluate the replenishment of the stock and what other species are affected by it in the region. The study would also look at sustainable harvesting technologies for the future of the cod fishery; and that the Committee report its conclusions to the House.