Monday, October 31, 2011

Commons committee recommends task force investigate DFO's management of snow crab; minister non-commital

I posed the following question in the House of Commons on Thursday, Oct. 27th:

Mr. Speaker, the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans made a recommendation for the government to create a task force into the management of the snow crab fishery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

We know that the Conservatives are not the best at taking advice.

If they were, they would be examining the management of the fishery as a whole.

Fair enough.

How about today we take a look at one fishery problem at a time?

Will the Conservatives listen to the committee and create a task force into the management of the snow crab fishery?

Response by Fisheries and Oceans Minister Keith Ashfield:

Mr. Speaker, as the member should know, this was a record year for Atlantic snow crab prices.

I congratulate the fleets on their successful season.

The long-term economic prosperity of the snow crab industry is my priority and that of the department.

We are committed to ensuring that the snow crab stocks are managed sustainably and we will work in close collaboration with the industry.

1 comment:

Andrew Harvey said...

Too bad Keith Ashfield didn't answer your question Ryan. I hate when politics get in the way of addressing important issues such as the ones you have been able to bring up so far in the house of commons.
Keep up the good work and keep answering the questions, even if they don't have enough respect for the Canadian people do their jobs and answer you.