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Industry has too much sway in Marine Protected Areas, says scientist

After a decade of deliberation, an ecologically sensitive area in the Laurentian Channel in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is entering the final stage of Marine Protected Area (MPA) status approval.
But Rodolphe Devillers, a geography professor at Memorial University who specializes in marine conservation, is skeptical about just how much protection the designation will provide. At just under 12,000 square kilometres, the Laurentian Channel Marine Protected Area will be the largest in Canada, and the third protected area in Newfoundland and Labrador. It falls between Cape Breton and Newfoundland’s southern shore, along the edge of the 3PS fishing zone.,,, But Devillers said the industry has far too much influence on the establishment of these areas. click here to read the story 09:35

DFO needs to make science a priority in decision making, geography prof says

Following the recent protests at DFO, a geography professor at Memorial University is speaking out. Rodolphe Devillers, who specializes in marine conservation, says the Department of Fisheries and Oceans needs to make science more important in decision making. “I’m very sympathetic for fishers. I understand that they’re angry and they have to talk and DFO has to listen to them,” he said. “What I’m less sympathetic with is the organizations that are around the fisheries that are very strong at lobbying and that can pressure DFO to actually modify and increase the quota systematically despite the advice of science.” Devillers said if the scientific data states what is acceptable, the fishing industry will then push to make the quota higher. click here to read the story 17:35

Shrinking shrimp fishery could be as detrimental as cod collapse: professor

SHRIMP-master675The economic, social and political stakes involved in the shrimp fishery are high and the uncertainty around the resource’s allocations draws parallels to the shutdown of the cod fishery 22 years ago. That was one point made in Paul Foley’s presentation at the final session of the,, Read the rest here 09:40

“Memorial Presents” Public Forum – Moving Forward: Building Resilient Fisheries and Coastal Communities in NL

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 7:30pm NST – Join us for a dynamic discussion of the strengths and vulnerabilities of our fisheries and coastal communities, and help launch an urgently needed discussion on how we can build economically, socially and ecologically resilient fisheries and coastal communities for the future. Watch the live webcast here April 16th.  Read more here mun.ca 16:44