Saturday, January 14, 2006

Bold Fishery Preservation Plan

Because the fishery is very important to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, I wanted to share this new Media release with you.

Media Releases
2006-01-13
Green Party Endorses Bold Fishery Preservation Plan


The Inshore Transition and Development Plan (ITDP) is unique in that it doesn't only rely on quotas to manage what is a very delicate resource

(Moncton, Friday, 13 January 2006) - The Green Party of Canada firmly believes in the protection and sustainability of the Maritimes inshore fishery, and therefore endorses the bold plan of the Maritimes Fishermen's Union's that will help ensure its survival, said leader Jim Harris today.

"The Inshore Transition and Development Plan (ITDP) is unique in that it doesn't only rely on quotas to manage what is a very delicate resource," said Harris. "It introduces ways to preserve the fishery, and gives employment tools to those fishers who wish to get out of the fishery. Done properly, the ITDP will be a boon to Eastern Canada's coastal communities."

In its plan, the MFU recognizes that there are too many lobster fishers to sustain the resource. This in itself is a big step ahead. But it goes further: The plan includes programs to naturally enhance and protect the region's ecosystems.

Of note, the MFU has programs in which lobster larvae are extracted and incubated for several weeks. When they are released, MFU officials have found that the survival rate is 35 percent higher. 80,000 lobsters were reintroduced last year alone.

As well, the ITDP has implemented specific steps to protect the lobster fishery, including the monitoring, preservation and research of the ecosystem in which lobster live and thrive.

Finally, the ITDP have several development projects - including research; fishing of alternate species; eco-tourism; and aquaculture - in the coastal towns that traditionally rely solely on one fishery. This diversification is paramount for the survival of these communities.

"The Inshore Transition and Development Plan is a demonstration of a protection plan hatched, if you will, at the grassroots level," Mr. Harris said. "The MFU is to be congratulated for such forward thinking."

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For More Information:
Derek Pinto, David Kay
Media Relations Officers, Leader's Tour
media@greenparty.ca


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5 comments:

NL-ExPatriate said...

I stopped reading when your party platform mentions the MARITIMES inshore fishery is very important. Newfoundland and Labrador isn't apart of the maritimes it is apart of the Atlantic provinces.

"(Moncton, Friday, 13 January 2006) - The Green Party of Canada firmly believes in the protection and sustainability of the Maritimes inshore fishery"

You might want to consider including the Quebec lower North shore as well since their fishery has been decimated by the imbalance of nature created by your green friends in protesting the Seal Hunt.

Stephen Eli Harris said...

I can understand the frustration in this, absolutly. I in fact recently had a discussion with many of the other Greens accross the Country about this very issue.

You have to realize that this Maritimes thing is not localized to the Green Party. Most people in Canada think our province is included in that.

Either way, it doesn't take away from what the article is about.

Stephen
http://newfoundlandgreenparty.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

"it doesn't take away from what the article is about."

Of course it does. It says, as clear as anthing could, that the people who wrote the article don't care. They don't care to talk to anyone actually from Newfoundland. They didn't have anyone from here actually read over the final copy. They don't care.

They will rule you from elsewhere. That's the message.

And that's exactly what the GPC did in 2006. Everyone saw the results: key figures quitting, parachute candidates from NS dropping in, and a big drop in the vote. And that's exactly the right thing to happen, when people really don't listen.

Everyone involved in that 2006 campaign should be ashamed of themselves.

Stephen Eli Harris said...

Actually, the vote did not drop. It rose, albiet only by a little.

Stephen

Stephen Eli Harris said...

Oh, and I am nowhere near ashamed of myself. I am very proud of what I stood up for and there is nothing anyone can do to take that away from me.

Stephen