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View François Lapointe Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I know that my NDP colleagues are in favour of my motion to examine the effects of the declining American Eel population, but I'd like to know whether all the committee members support the principle that a federal committee should examine the declining American Eel population in Canada.
View François Lapointe Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I would like to draw the committee's attention to the following motion:
That the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans undertake a study as soon as possible, to examine the effects of the declining American Eel population in order to develop an action plan, jointly with the plan prepared by the Quebec Department of Energy and Natural Resources, designed to: (1) reverse the decline in the population; (2) increase the economic activity generated both domestically and internationally by this fishery; (3) preserve the eel fishing techniques in Kamouraska as part of our intangible marine heritage; and (4) designate the American Eel as a species of “special concern” under the Species at Risk Act, and that the committee report its findings and recommendations to the House at the earliest opportunity.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
View François Lapointe Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Gentlemen, I would like to thank you for being here to help us with this study.
First, can you please briefly remind us of the concerns that people had in 2014 about the Atlantic salmon stocks in Quebec rivers? In the decisions that have been made in 2015, how many rivers will require “catch-and-release” because of the state of the stocks?
View François Lapointe Profile
NDP (QC)
What is the direct impact on tourism? Will the fact that catch-and-release is now required discourage some fishers from continuing to fish recreationally in Quebec?
View François Lapointe Profile
NDP (QC)
As you said, the annual benefits of about $573 million were quite threatened. That's major.
Could we try to work together to determine solutions that could be used to establish the sustainability of stocks in the longer term, in the decades to come?
Out of all the witnesses we have heard from, you may be the one whose position on farmed salmon is the clearest and firmest. You immediately associated it with the risk of disease and pollution. You concluded by saying that a moratorium should be imposed. That's the first time I've heard that. You even suggested that we consider converting marine production to land production.
Could you provide more factual details about what you've observed? Have you seen any impacts of salmon farming that led you to make those conclusions?
View François Lapointe Profile
NDP (QC)
I'm sorry. I want to be sure I understand. You have communicated your concerns to the federal government several times, but no one has responded. Is that right?
View François Lapointe Profile
NDP (QC)
So there are two things: your concerns about farmed salmon and your concerns about Atlantic salmon stocks in Quebec rivers. I will put you on a track. The witnesses we have heard from almost all agree on the following question.
Do you think that Fisheries and Oceans Canada has demonstrated some disengagement when it comes to its obligation to ensure an appropriate level of research and study on these situations to be able to make the best possible decisions?
You think that stocks in Quebec are doing fairly badly, and you are asking for a moratorium. Could you tell us if you have observed a disengagement and whether the federal government could take a better approach so that the problem could be studied using resources that are consistent with the size of the issue?
View François Lapointe Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you for your comments and your observations.
There is another aspect of your testimony that I would like you to comment further on.
You spoke about the difference between the river-by-river management approach and the different approach taken by the federal government. You said simply that it was more complex. What are the advantages or disadvantages of the federal government's different approach to managing Atlantic salmon stocks?
View François Lapointe Profile
NDP (QC)
If I understood correctly, you spoke about a $15-million investment that would be required to improve the North Shore salmon habitat. What are your impressions about these investment needs? What role should the federal government play here?
View François Lapointe Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you. That's all the time I have.
Thank you very much, gentlemen.
View François Lapointe Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, gentlemen, for being with us today.
I am the member for Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup. I'd like to speak with Mr. Plourde first.
Congratulations on your outfitters' success: 425,000 users and 256,000 fishers. The economic spinoffs are tremendous. Many of our previous witnesses have talked about their concerns over invasive species. You touched on that when you discussed Asian carp and your concerns in that regard.
Witnesses said they had two main concerns. First of all, they are appalled by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans' withdrawal of investment in research that could provide a better framework for dealing with invasive species. Second of all, border resources and oversight are lacking, making it impossible to ensure that, when an American comes into Canada on their boat, they aren't inadvertently bringing in an invasive species.
Do you share those concerns?
View François Lapointe Profile
NDP (QC)
If we lose the ability to control Asian carp, what impact would it have on your members' operations?
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