Statement Article from  Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Joint statement - Recently convened five Arctic Ocean Coastal States meeting

February 27, 2014 - Ottawa, Ontario

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, today issued the following statement:

We are very pleased that Canada and the four other Arctic Ocean Coastal States were able to support a temporary prohibition of commercial fishing in the high seas of the central Arctic Ocean.  More scientific investigation is required to determine whether fishing in this area can be commercially viable. 

The discussions that were held among Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark, the Kingdom of Norway, the Russian Federation and the United States of America on this issue in Greenland this week were encouraging.  We appreciate the level of attention the Arctic Ocean Coastal States are devoting to this issue.  It is imperative that we take a leadership role to prevent unsustainable fishing in the Arctic Ocean high seas.

Canada is proud to have laid the foundation for these discussions with the Arctic Ocean Ministerial in 2010 and we continue to promote a proactive and precautionary approach.

We are confident that further progress can be made to garner global support for this initiative.

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