When it comes to our environment, government shows a pattern of disregard
Documentary seeks answers to dwindling salmon stocks
Many would rather forget about the fishery. The responsible among us know we dare not.
The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans has warned its employees that its $56.8-million budget-cutting plan (which runs from now to 2014. Employees have been told by officials that the department will soon be significantly smaller, and responsible for fewer things. The changes include an already-announced controversial move to shut down the Maritime Rescue Sub Centre in St. John’s. Memos obtained by the CBC say that DFO is “winding down or shedding non-core programs,” as part of “key transformations” intended to render a more modern style of managing fish stocks, ecosystems, aquaculture and vessels. Source: CBC
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada has reported that the value of snow crab landings in Newfoundland and Labrador for the 2011 fishing season surpassed $250 million, the highest recorded landed value for snow crab in the province since 2004. This represents an increase of 61 per cent over the last season. “It is tremendous to see the snow crab fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador so successful this year,” said Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. Approximately 95 per cent of the entire quota for the 2011 snow crab fishery was landed. Source: FIS Canada
New Democrat MP Ryan Cleary has continued his call for an inquiry into the province’s fishery, and has committed to using his available private member’s bill this Fall to ask the House of Commons to grant him one. “Our future is threatened,” Cleary told reporters. “It is threatened by a lack of vision. It is threatened by the absence of a rebuilding plan. It is threatened by apathy in all quarters.” Cleary says that the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ past mismanagement of the fishery leads him to believe that it cannot be trusted to properly manage it in the future under the status quo. He says the commission would investigate the effectiveness of the current management system and the state of fisheries science. It would also investigate fisheries enforcement and quotas. Meanwhile, Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield said in a statement Monday there will be no inquiry into the…
Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea announced yesterday that her department will stop removing staff from lighthouses in our province, as well as in B.C. Her statement came after a Senate committee did a review of lightstations and issued a report urging the department to stop cutting staff on both coasts. Shea ordered the review a year ago and it was adopted by the Senate this week. Members of the Senate committee toured several lightstations in the two provinces last year and heard overwhelming support for lighthouse personnel. Keepers and their supporters warned that removing staff could endanger mariners, search and rescue operations and even Canadian sovereignty.