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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 40
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 3:30 p.m. to 5:31 p.m.
Robert Sopuck, Vice-Chair (Conservative)

Library of Parliament
• Thai Nguyen, Analyst
Nunavut Wildlife Management Board
• Raymond Andrews, Fisheries Advisor
• Michael d'Eça, Legal Counsel
First Nations Fisheries Council of British Columbia
• Brenda Gaertner
Pacific Streamkeepers Federation
• Zo Ann Morten, Executive Director
Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada
• Matthew Pickard, Member, Vice President, Environmental and Sustainability, Sabina Gold and Silver Corp.
• Lesley Williams, Senior Manager, Aboriginal and Regulatory Affairs
As an individual
• David W. Schindler, Killam Memorial Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, the Committee resumed its review of changes to the Fisheries Act.

It was agreed, — That the Department of Fisheries and Oceans be granted an extension until Friday, December 9, 2016, in order to provide the Committee an interim report concerning the Department's online consultations regarding the Fisheries Act, in both official languages.

Mel Arnold gave notice of the following motion:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee undertake a study examining the criteria and process being used to identify and establish Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) with the objective of ensuring the criteria and process are aligned to:

  1. achieve the intended benefits of MPAs;
  2. assess social, economic and environmental impacts of the MPAs; and
  3. ensure that all traditional uses and values are duly considered and respected in the criteria and process for identifying and establishing MPAs.

It was agreed, — That the Clerk provide members of the Committee statistics concerning the number of witnesses that have appeared in light of the Committee’s study to review the changes to the Fisheries Act.

David Schindler, Brenda Gaertner, Michael d'Eça, Raymond Andrews, Lesley Williams, Matthew Pickard and Zo Ann Morten made statements and answered questions.

At 5:31 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Thomas Bigelow
Clerk of the Committee