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DFO Minister Ashfield on Greenland Salmon Take

FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA

Statement by Minister Ashfield on Greenland’s Potential to Exceed Internationally Accepted Wild Atlantic Salmon Limits

June 12, 2013

Buying salmon in GreenlandOTTAWA – The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today issued the following statement:

“Fisheries and Oceans Canada is very disappointed with reports that Greenland has changed its domestic policy on wild Atlantic salmon harvests, which could potentially exceed the internationally accepted limit by 35 tonnes.

The purpose of international organizations like the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization is to encourage cooperation, thereby ensuring fisheries sustainability. Greenland’s actions go against these objectives and the Government of Canada urges it to adhere to internationally acceptable levels.

Canada will continue to work closely with Greenland and other members of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization to identify best practices and ensure that all nations respect their obligations towards our common objective of ensuring sustainable fisheries.”

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For more information:
Frank Stanek
Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
613-990-7537

Barbara Mottram
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
613-992-3474


http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/npress-communique/2013/20130612-eng.htm