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2003-08-20

Mr. Tom Wappel
Chair, Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Dear Mr. Wappel:

Pursuant to Standing Order 109 of the House of Commons, we are pleased to respond on behalf of the Government of Canada to the second Report of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, on Custodial Management Outside Canada's 200-mile Limit.

The Government welcomes the work of the Standing Committee and has given serious consideration to the report. The Government recognizes that foreign overfishing of straddling stocks on the Nose and Tail of the Grand Banks and the Flemish Cap is unacceptable. The Government is using every means at its disposal to expose non-compliance, and to improve enforcement through international organizations, such as the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO), bilateral diplomacy and improving fisheries relations.

On behalf of the Government, I would like to thank the members of the Committee for their interest in this important matter.

Yours truly,

Robert G. Thibault

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