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CPC (YT)
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2015-05-07 11:58
Great.
Thank you to both of our witnesses for appearing today. We've certainly heard a lot of similar comments from many of our witnesses in terms of the dollars invested by conservation groups, angling groups in particular, back into stream and fisheries restoration and habitat. It was interesting, actually, to hear some commentary that was I think new in terms of the value or potential challenges with hatcheries being the default go-to. So that certainly was important for us to hear. It's great to have a little bit different input into this study as we start to move forward now.
I'm going to ask you both, in terms of very specific recommendations, if you had your choice of one or two that you would make to this committee to move forward, what would they be? I say that in light of the one realization that a good portion of fisheries management falls in the hands of provincial governments. Is there anything specific we can do to partner up with our provincial counterparts so as not to step on their toes in terms of that inland fisheries piece? It is the same with wildlife: we have a certain federal role, but always it seems to be provincially dominated.
If both had an opportunity, or had a specific recommendation for the committee, what would those be as we go forward?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-04-21 12:56
I am curious about the halibut biology. I really don't know much about halibut biology. In terms of that average weight of 19 pounds for the recreational fishery, and in terms of the commercial fishery, what is the breeding stock weight of halibut if that's averaged out? Is there an optimal release weight?
I know inland fisheries better. We want to release the older, bigger lake trout because they are the primary breeding stock. Does it work the same way with halibut, and is that release possible? Could we have some comments on the biology end of it?
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CPC (YT)
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2014-05-05 17:06
Thank you, Chair.
I must say to everybody, members of Parliament and ministers and even the people fishing, that the east coast fisheries is really acronym-heavy. I'm trying to catch up on all these acronyms, being from the Yukon, where we have a couple of simple ones.
Having said all that, we heard Mr. Ball, I believe, talk of the need for knowledge based on hard science, but then he made an appeal for the consideration of traditional knowledge. Speaking more from our more terrestrial-based background in biology, in Yukon we encompass traditional knowledge with our science, but more for land-based species. For the east coast fisheries, there's a bit of a challenge between the demand for hard science and the need for traditional knowledge. We reach an agreement quite well when the two match, but as soon as science says something that doesn't quite jibe with traditional knowledge, the locals will reject the science. Science will equally reject traditional knowledge, because it sees traditional knowledge as self-serving for the industry's own needs.
How responsive is the department to taking and absorbing traditional knowledge? How are we able now to incorporate it into the scientific body so that the two marry a little better. The example Mr. Ball gave was the increase in the cod stocks pushing shrimp into a different water column. Are we recognizing that, and is the science saying, okay we can take that information and start to deploy our research-gathering capabilities consistent with what we're hearing from the people who are actually working in the fisheries?
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CPC (YT)
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2014-05-05 17:11
So right now they would have confidence in this downward trend both for snow crab and shrimp in some of these areas. So the call for greater science, more indexing, really, of these populations, as Mr. Sopuck says...we're not counting real numbers of shrimp—
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CPC (YT)
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2014-05-05 17:11
So with that indexing model, is it a matter of just doing more trawl sets dealing with the bigger ocean, with more resources? Or are we on the right track to model this? And the real question is, just how do we spread out the pain, as we heard, by waiting for better ocean conditions or waiting for better population numbers?
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CPC (YT)
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2014-05-05 17:12
This may be more of an industry-based question, but with cod stocks coming up a little bit, is there any anticipation that a rising cod price will increase with this? Or is that market a stable pricing?
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CPC (YT)
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2014-05-05 17:14
It's growing, but there's still a ways to go.
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2014-05-05 17:15
Simply speaking about those shrimp fisheries—you tied it into the bloom and the patterns there—how flexible are we and how possible is our responsiveness to big spikes in that? It would seem to me that population could spike heavily and decline heavily, based on seasonal conditions. Are we flexible and responsive to that?
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CPC (YT)
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2014-04-28 17:14
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you, as well, to both of you for attending today.
I don't know if you were sitting in on the last bit of testimony, but we heard some comments on the changing ocean conditions. You're up in areas 4 and 5 and it sounded like we're seeing more sort of ocean condition impact in the more southern regions. Is your board hearing about similar ocean condition changes? What is the driving force, at least from your perspective, on the stock declines in those areas? Also, how has your input into that been brought to the minister and how has it been received?
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CPC (YT)
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2014-04-28 17:16
When you are talking about a holistic approach, I know you're specifically referencing looking at what you do to one species and how that impacts another, and seeing the totality of the ecosystem itself. But in terms of study and research—and I appreciate that you're also dealing with a different level of research budget—is there any contribution of the board on traditional knowledge, or does that play as easily for ocean-based species as it does for terrestrial, land-based species?
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CPC (YT)
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2014-04-28 17:18
Mr. Sopuck touched on it toward the end of his questioning with DFO around the influence of natural mortality, largely from the predator species, and they did touch on the seals a bit. Of course, you're farther north along this food chain, where I would imagine the influence of that seal growth and population is probably a little more than in the south. What impact is that having or what discussion level is going on, without being scientific about it? How are people responding to the boom in the seal population? What influence do they think it has on the shrimp and other fish stocks?
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CPC (YT)
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CPC (YT)
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2013-12-05 16:30
With the increased market, you'd assume there would be an increased demand or opportunity for people to hit the resources.
Is there a projected strain on the resources? Is DFO feeling comfortable and capable of managing, both from a biological standpoint, in resource management, to respond to any increase and change, and also on the enforcement aspect of that?
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