Archived - Government Response - 10th Report of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, on Foreign Overfishing: its impacts and solutions - Conservation on the Nose and Tail of the Grand Banks and the Flemish Cap - Covering Letter

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

Dear Colleague:

Pursuant to Standing Order 109 of the House of Commons, we are pleased to respond on behalf of the Government of Canada to the 10th Report of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, on Foreign Overfishing: its impacts and solutions - Conservation on the Nose and Tail of the Grand Banks and the Flemish Cap.

The Government has given consideration to the report. The Government takes the issue of foreign overfishing in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) very seriously and is addressing the issue through a number of measures both in Canada and within NAFO. The attached response highlights the Government's acceptance of some of the Committee's recommendations as being helpful, while rejecting other recommendations that are problematic as their implementation, in the current context, would not lead to effective solutions to this issue and indeed, would compromise Canadian interests on several levels.

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