Monday, October 02, 2006

 

60% worlds bottom dragging takes place on the 40% of our continental shelf outside the 200 mile limit

I think the title of this post says it all.

Here is aletter published in the Independant this week.




















Hear is The reponse from The Right NOT Honorable Never Mister Hearn Puppet

Thank you for your e-mail expressing your concern for the protection of Canada's marine ecosystems, and particularly Canada's position on a high seas moratorium on bottom trawling.

It is critical that we take the necessary measures to protect the areas that are in most need of protection. Canada encourages collaborative scientific efforts both domestically and internationally to increase ecological understanding of sensitive and vulnerable marine ecosystems, and to determine the extent and location of these habitats.

Canada is fully committed to identifying and protecting sensitive and vulnerable marine ecosystems in both Canadian and international waters and has already implemented protective measures, including restrictions and modifications of certain gear types, time and area closures to fishing, and designating Marine Protected Areas. For example, the Lophelia Conservation Area located off Canada's east coast was created to protect a major occurrence of the coral Lophelia pertusa.

Canada realizes that people living in coastal communities rely on fisheries and other resources from the ocean for a living, and understands the importance of making decisions that balance the needs of the ocean with the needs of Canadians that rely on these resources. Canada is working diligently with other UN Member States to determine the optimal way to protect sensitive and vulnerable marine ecosystems that require protection while meeting the needs of Canadians in Coastal communities. Canada also supports the reform of Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) that will ensure these ecosystems are protected.

Thank you for taking the time to underscore the importance of protecting biodiversity and ecosystem health of the oceans.

Sincerely,

Original signed by

Loyola Hearn, P.C., M.P.


Update Response from Province.

MD-27203

September 29, 2006

Mr. Greg Byrne
gtmakmc@hotmail.com

Dear Mr. Byrne:

I am writing in response to your e-mail of September 21, 2006, in which you called upon Canada to sign onto the United Nations (UN) ban on bottom trawling.

The Province is supportive of efforts which ensure a healthy marine environment, including measures to protect ecologically and biologically significant areas. There are a number of activities which can have impacts on the sea bottom. A greater understanding of these impacts from all sources, including bottom trawling, is required in order to take the necessary measures to mitigate any adverse effects.

The implementation of sustainable fishing practices is a priority for my department. These measures must be developed in consultation with industry and the federal government for areas both inside and outside the 200-mile limit.

Thank you for taking the time to inform us of your views on this most important issue.

Sincerely,



Thomas G. Rideout, M.H.A.
Lewisporte District
Minister

p.c. Premier’s Office
Comments:
just your runof the mill government blow off letter which says nothing and commits to even less.

THe Canadien gov will do nothing to stop the bottom trawling fleets of the world because it is bad for businesses in Central Canadiena.
 
Action now made this comment and I tried to post it through the moderated comments option but it wouldn't publish so Here it is.

Comment by Action Now
just your run of the mill government blow off letter which says nothing and commits to even less.

The Canadien gov will do nothing to stop the bottom trawling fleets of the world because it is bad for businesses in Central Canadiena.
 
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