Fishery, sealing on the agenda as federal fisheries minister visits Newfoundland

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A number of issues regarding the Newfoundland and Labrador fishery will be discussed Friday in St. John’s when federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea meets with union boss Earle McCurdy.

Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea

Shea will be in the province Friday for a number of events, including an announcement of funding for small craft harbours projects, and an announcement of funding for the sealing industry.

McCurdy, head of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers’ union, said in a news release the principle of allocating fish directly to active fishing enterprises will be a hot topic.

Other topics include sharing arrangements for northern shrimp, halibut bycatch rules, management plans for cod stocks and the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada’s bid to recommend that various cod, redfish and American plaice stocks be listed as endangered or threatened.

Organizations: Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Canada

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  • H Jefford
    December 05, 2013 - 19:15

    The seal Fishery should be increased, the seal herd is to large and it is destroying the cod stock, The NTV News should have a news clip that was seen on NTV news of seals herding cod fish upon the beach and people picking up live cod fish that was driven upon the beach by seals, the fishermen in that area said that the ocean floor where this was filmed was 3-4 FT deep in dead fish with their bellies torn out! It is said that the seals only eat the cod livers. The massive seal HERD is destroying the largest food source in the world. While people are supporting the group that wants the seals protected, The seals are like the rats in England that caused the Black Plague Years ago, THERE ARE MANY MILLIONS OF SEALS DESTROYING THE LARGEST FOOD SOURCE IN THE WORLD WHILE GREEN PEACE ARE LIVING HIGH ON THEIR CHARITY DONATIONS, WHY NOT SAVE THE FLEES THAT CAUSED THE BLACK PLAGUE IN ENGLAND YEARS AGO!