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What We Heard
on Preserving the Independence of the Inshore
The Atlantic Fisheries Policy Review (AFPR) was established by Fisheries and
Oceans Canada to develop a consistent and cohesive policy framework for the
management of Canada’s East Coast fish stocks. The work of the AFPR is being
done in two phases: Phase I is the completion and release of a comprehensive
policy framework; Phase II will establish priorities and begin the practical
implementation of the policy framework. The release of the discussion document
on preserving the independence of the inshore fleet is an acceleration of Phase
II of the AFPR.
AFPR Vision and Objectives
The vision for the Atlantic fisheries is of a biologically sustainable resource supporting fisheries that:
To make the vision for the Atlantic fisheries a reality, there are two core objectives: conservation and sustainable use (of resources and habitats) and self reliance (for resource users). Two supporting objectives, which are essential to achieve the core objectives are shared stewardship (empowering and engaging participants in fisheries management decision- and policy-making processes) and a stable and transparent access and allocation approach (resource users need the assurance that they will be the primary beneficiaries of their efforts to conserve the resource).
Preserving the Independence of the Inshore Fleet
During the AFPR consultation process it became clear that industry views regarding the owner-operator and fleet separation policies were highly polarized. The inshore fleets expressed widespread concerns that the fleet separation policy is being undermined by “trust agreements” and asked that Fisheries and Oceans Canada close so-called “loopholes” in the policy that allow this to happen.
The purpose of the public consultations held in January 2004 was to receive
comments and feedback about preserving the independence of the inshore fleet on
Canada’s Atlantic coast. A discussion document “Preserving
the Independence of the Inshore Fleet on Canada’s Atlantic Coast” was
prepared by DFO. The document which sought to provide a focus for stakeholder
input on “trust agreements” and the owner-operator and fleet separation policies
was used to guide the round of public consultations.
The document was released in early December 2003, and distributed to stakeholder groups and others who had indicated an interest in the Atlantic Fisheries Policy Review process.
The public consultation sessions were open to all and were well attended. The same format was followed at each meeting. The meeting began with a brief discussion about the purpose of the meeting and the agenda for the consultation. This was followed by a short presentation which summarized the discussion document (see Appendix A). Registered speakers who indicated they would like to make formal presentations were next to speak. Finally, a round table discussion on the key themes in the document (dealing with “trust agreements” and the owner-operator and fleet separation policies) was held, followed by a brief discussion on next steps including how to provide additional input.
We indicated that written summaries of the public consultation sessions would be provided to those who attended the meeting and who had signed our registration sheet. This report honours that commitment. The summaries are listed chronologically, beginning with the first session in Port Hawkesbury on January 13 and ending with the session in Iqaluit on January 29, 2004. The summaries are divided into three parts. First, an overall summary of the public meeting; second, a more detailed summary of the formal presentations; and third, a more detailed summary of the comments during the round table discussion.
In addition to holding public consultation sessions, we invited groups and
individuals to submit written comments
on the discussion document (with a deadline of February 29, 2004).
Summaries of Public Consultation Sessions
Port Hawkesbury, NS
St. John's, NL
Last Updated : 2010-07-12