Minister Tootoo Sets Arctic Surf Clam Total Allowable Catch

hunter-tootooHunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced that the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for Offshore Arctic surf clams will be set at 38,756 tonnes for 2016, which is the level it has been at for a number of years. Prior to any change in the TAC and any decision on new entrants, the Minister has asked for science work to be completed and work undertaken to consider a spatial management system, which has been recommended by two independent studies of the fishery.  Underscoring the Government of Canada’s commitment to the precautionary principle, the Minister said that managing fisheries based on robust scientific evidence is a priority. Read the press release here 19:46

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