For Immediate Release
St. Stephen, NB—Karen Ludwig, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, wishes to congratulate the Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association (GMFA) on their new Pilot Project to protect right whales during the fishing season. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the GMFA recently reached an agreement where innovative techniques will be used to reduce the amount of rope used at their sites.
“Today we celebrate the forward thinking and ingenuity of the Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association and their willingness to work in partnership with DFO to protect endangered whales by reducing or eliminating whale entanglements,” said MP Ludwig. “We appreciate their efforts and understand they must also protect their commercial interests and ability to earn a living to provide for their families.”
Protection of whales and other endangered species is an issue MP Ludwig is very passionate about. In June of this year, she received the unanimous consent of the House of Commons for her Private Members Motion (M-154) mandating the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans to undertake a study on the situation of endangered whales in Canada including right, beluga, and killer whales.
“It’s of the utmost importance to find the balance between reducing or eliminating entanglement risk with the commercial operations and economic viability of our fishermen,” said Ludwig. “I am so pleased to see that action is already being taken, even before the study I proposed is completed.”
The endangered whale study, which includes stakeholder meetings in Ottawa starting this week, will allow Parliamentarians to hear from industries, fishermen, research scientists, advocacy groups, and Indigenous communities to help find solutions to help protect whales, while balancing commercial needs.
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans will make recommendations for new or enhanced actions in a report to be presented to the House of Commons by the end of this year.
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