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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 142
Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 3:32 p.m. to 5:29 p.m.
Presiding
Ken McDonald, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Thai Nguyen, Analyst
As an individual
• Richard A. Wahle, Research professor, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine
Fisheries Council of Canada
• Paul Lansbergen, President
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Thursday, December 6, 2018, the Committee resumed its study of the migration of lobster and snow crab in Atlantic Canada and the impact of changes to lobster carapace size.

Richard A. Wahle, by videoconference from Walpole, Maine, and Paul Lansbergen made statements and answered questions.

Motion

Churence Rogers moved, — That the Committee undertake a study on the use of the Precautionary Approach and limit of reference points to determine future management of fish stocks and the economic and environmental impact of this approach.

Motion

Todd Doherty moved, — That the debate be now adjourned.

On motion of Todd Doherty, it was agreed, — That the debate be now adjourned.

The questioning of the witnesses resumed.

At 4:18 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:21 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

The Committee proceeded to give drafting instructions to the analyst for a report.

It was agreed, — That, in relation to the study of the migration of lobster and snow crab in Atlantic Canada and the impact of changes to lobster carapace size, the final recommendations be submitted to the Clerk of the Committee no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2019.

It was agreed, — That the proposed budget in the amount of $ 25, 500, for the study of aquatic invasive species, be adopted.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, the Committee resumed its study of the impact of the rapid increase of the striped bass in the Miramichi River and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The Committee commenced consideration of a draft report.

The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

It was agreed, — That the scope of the study on aquatic invasive species adopted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, be modified as follows:

That, whereas indigenous recreational and commercial fisheries are highly valued in Canada and whereas invasive species pose a significant threat to native aquatic species, such as salmon, whales, and the habitats that sustain them, and whereas invasive species pose a significant threat to ecosystems, the environment, and economies, that the Committee undertake a study to examine the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) aquatic invasive species programs with the objectives of examining the Department’s resources and mandate for aquatic invasive species activities to assess: a) the DFO’s resources dedicated to preventing and eliminating aquatic invasive species; and b) whether such resources are distributed across Canada in an equitable and consistent manner and whether the AIS program has the resources required to be effective in its mandate; and that the Committee report its findings with recommendations to the House of Commons.

It was agreed, — That the Committee invite representatives of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to provide a 1-hour briefing on the subject of seafood mislabeling.

At 5:29 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Nancy Vohl
Clerk of the Committee