Canada: Marine protected areas won't shut down lobster fishery, says DFO spokesperson

Published May 16, 2024

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The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is moving forward with the creation of marine protected areas (MPAs) with the goal of reaching a 30% ocean protection target by 2030. Marty King, the project lead, clarified during a presentation to Argyle municipal council that the initiative does not aim to halt lobster fishing but to strike a balance between conservation and fishing interests. The detailed process involves collaboration from DFO, Parks Canada, and the Canadian Wildlife Service, considering public feedback and scientific research to ensure ecological representation and minimal impact on fishing and other industries. Despite concerns from council members and fishermen about the future of fishing in light of potential MPAs, King reassured that lobster fishing is unlikely to be affected, with restrictions primarily impacting mobile, trawl, or dredge gear, and that a finalized plan will guide the selection of future MPAs in the region.
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YARMOUTH COUNTY, NS – A spokesperson for DFO says they know when fishermen see maps and hear talk of proposed marine protected areas it’s scary. Everyone wants to protect their livelihood. But when it comes to lobster specifically, Marty King hopes the message is becoming clear that lobster fishing will not be shut down. “Hopefully we're getting the message out more and more. An MPA (marine protected area) doesn't mean no fishing,” he said during a recent presentation to Argyle municipal council in Yarmouth County. The May 9 meeting was livestreamed and a video of the meeting is posted on the Municipality of Argyle's Facebook page. Importance of coastal fishing understood Marty King is the project lead for Conservation Network Planning, Marine Planning and the Conservation Maritimes Region for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Coming from a coastal community, he knows about the importance of fishing. King says throughout this Marine Conservation Network Planning ...
Source: Saltwire
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