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Fisheries Council of Canada champions reopening of Northern Cod commercial fishery, after 32-year hiatus

By The Fisheries Council of Canada   

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OTTAWA, Ont.: Last week, DFO announced the reopening of a commercial Northern Cod fishery. On the anniversary of the moratorium, July 2, 1992, the Fisheries Council of Canada is adding its voice of support to the reopening.

A critical element of the reopening is the sharing of the resource. Access was distributed across fleets and included Indigenous communities. FCC members have invested in this eventuality and are committed to working collaboratively with government and other industry participants to be sustainable and create maximum value from the resource. That is what benefits coastal communities the most.

“We need to work together to harvest, process and market a sustainable, high-quality product that will be sought after in Canada and around the world,” said Paul Lansbergen, President of the FCC. “Northern Cod is an iconic species, and it can be a modern-day success story for Canadian fisheries.”

Seafood is a cornerstone of the Canadian economy and supports communities along all three of the country’s coasts. FCC’s vision of the industry is that it will be a Top Three global, high-quality, sustainable seafood producer. Northern Cod certainly fits within that vision.

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Background

The Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) is the voice of Canada’s wild-capture fish and seafood industry, promoting a healthy resource and prosperous industry playing a vital role in the Canadian economy. Our members include small, medium and larger-sized companies, along with Indigenous enterprises that harvest and process fish from Canada’s three oceans.

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