In answer to John Crosbie’s question from the early ’90s: the office of the Auditor General of Canada hears the fishes when they cry.
It took 20 years, but the AG has apparently caught a sob or two.
The 2011 December Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development — who works directly under the auditor general — is due Dec. 13, and investigates the challenges of operating fisheries in a sustainable way.
Challenges the Department of No-Fish and Empty Oceans hasn’t exactly lived up to in terms of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.
Ottawa’s mismanagement has been epic — and largely ignored.
Chapter 4 sounds like a must-read: A Study of Managing Fisheries for Sustainability.
Sustainable isn’t exactly how I’d describe DFO management practices.
Not if fish is the measure.
Mark Dec. 13th on your calendars.
I wrote John Weirsema, Interim Auditor General of Canada, in July, asking him to launch an investigation specifically into DFO’s management of commercial groundfish stocks off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.
And to answer this question: “What role, if any, have DFO’s management practices played in the failure of groundfish stocks to rejuvenate?”
The upcoming report by the commissioner of the environment and sustainable development studies marine fisheries right across Canada, including First Nations, commercial and recreational users.
The study doesn’t say it looks into the NL fishery directly, but how could it not?
The collapse of rural Newfoundland is one of many elephants in the Canadian room.
Who hears the scaly elephant when it cries?
The study describes itself as “a step toward identifying a framework and criteria for our future audits to determine whether fisheries management practices are supporting sustainable fisheries.”
Don’t be too sure.
Stephen Harper is not a fan of thorns.
And the Office of the AG may soon lose some of its prick.