Atlantic Salmon Journal Offers Glimpse into Recent Ministerial Advisory Committee Meetings on Atlantic Salmon
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July 02, 2015
St Andrews, NB—The summer issue of the Atlantic Salmon Journal, an award-winning publication of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, is shining a light on the recent meetings of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Atlantic Salmon.
Many North American Rivers witnessed a decline in salmon populations in 2014 which led to an eventual public outcry and a decision by Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada to set up an Advisory Committee to consult and recommend action. The Committee heard presentations from concerned groups in Quebec City, Halifax, Moncton and St. John’s earlier this year.
Martin Silverstone, Editor of the Atlantic Salmon Journal highlighted those meetings, as well as ASF’s presentation to the Advisory Committee, in an article called Seeking Solutions in the summer issue of the Journal.
“Strengthening Canadian influence and diplomacy to reduce and control the harvest of Canadian salmon at Greenland was the main thrust of ASF’s recommendations to the committee,” said Silverstone. “Key to this is to improve management of Canadian salmon fisheries to show leadership to Greenland, something the recent Maritime restrictions on killing any salmon should help accomplish.”
In response to early advice from the Ministerial Advisory Committee, Minister Gail Shea announced this spring that the recreational salmon fishery in the Maritimes would be restricted to catch and release only and mandatory single barbless hooks in 2015.
“By the time the Committee wrapped up its hearings, members couldn’t help but be aware of two themes,” said Silverstone. “Wild Salmon are a cherished valuable asset in the communities through which they swim boosting local economies and creating jobs. Investing in their conservation can multiply these benefits, while neglecting this fish and its habitat will only lead to a terrible loss of our wildlife heritage.”
Final recommendations from the Federal Government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Atlantic Salmon are anticipated later this summer.
The award-winning Journal, published quarterly since 1952 by the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF), is the world's premier publication for the conservation-minded salmon angler. The summer issue is available with a membership to ASF as well as on selected newsstands in Eastern Canada, Quebec and the northeastern United States.
The Atlantic Salmon Federation is dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of wild Atlantic salmon and the ecosystems on which their well-being and survival depend. ASF has a network of seven regional councils (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Maine and Western New England). The regional councils cover the freshwater range of the Atlantic salmon in Canada and the United States.
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