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Atlantic Salmon

Volume 82: debated on Monday 1 July 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what further information he has now obtained about the action of the Canadian authorities in banning commercial fishing for Atlantic salmon in Canadian waters.

Since my reply of 7 June at column 293, I have learned that, for the 1985 season, the actions the Canadian authorities have taken include a local ban on commercial fishing in the Maritime Provinces only. This ban does not extend to the commercial fishing of Newfoundland, Labrador or Quebec.I understand that no decision has been taken as to what happens next year, and that consultations will be held with the Canadian industry to develop a longer-term plan for the entire Canadian Atlantic fishery.