Canadian Coastal Fisheries Protection Act

New law eliminates habitat

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing undercuts responsible fishing activities around the world. As part of the global efforts to fight IUU fishing and to protect fishermen, Canada signed the international Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) in November 2010. This Agreement is an important milestone as it sets global standards for actions that Port States must take when a foreign vessel seeks entry to port if it has engaged in or supported illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing or related activities. Read more about the key provisions of the PSMA.

Canada already implements a strong port access regime for foreign fishing vessels through our Coastal Fisheries Protection Act (CFPA) and its regulations that is consistent with the PSMA. For example, a foreign fishing vessel may not enter Canadian fisheries waters except by applying for and receiving a license issue by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans pursuant to the Coastal Fisheries Protection Regulations(CFPR). Under these regulations, the Minister cannot issue the license if the foreign fishing vessel is not in compliance with conservation and management measures of a regional fisheries management organization.

However, to further strengthen the and allow Canada to meet its international commitments regarding the PMSA, some amendments to the Act and its regulations are required. Tabled in November 2012, the amendments to the Act strengthen and clarify Canada's domestic rules and further reinforce our leadership role in the global fight against IUU fishing.

Broadening Definition of “Fishing Vessel”

The PSMA applies to fishing vessels and any vessels that engage in or support IUU fishing. This includes the rare event of container or other maritime vessels used to tranship fish and marine plants that have not been previously landed (i.e., have not been through any state control in port). The negotiators of this Agreement wanted to close a potential loophole to ensure that IUU fishing activities are not displaced from fishing vessels to other types of vessels.


Ocean Habitat Extinction

2011-06-21 13:13:19 by FWLittle

Frightening new dynamics have emerged about
the Planet's ecosystem. Thousands of ocean species are dying which will soon result in complete ocean restructuring or perhaps total ocean destruction. That portends BIG MONEY change and crises of alarming magnitude. To conclude the planet's absolute nature balance will reorder only scratches the matter's impact. Caused by pollution poisoning and global warming, then exacerbated by over-fishing, this nightmare unfolds a scenario
dwarfing any Loch Ness fantasy version.
What can be done to stop/delay the situation?
First easiest solution suggests government legislation to monitor, control catch and provide disciplinary corrections


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