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Badly needed science funds spent on another DFO junket- the FRCC groundfish study

Following is the text of a letter sent by Gus Etchegary to N&L media.

Dear Editor:

The Federal  Minister of Fisheries, Mrs. Shea has mandated the FRCC to conduct an Examination of the Conditions and  Considerations for a Sustainable Atlantic Canadian Groun Fisheries (Emphasis on Cod).There are nineteen members on the FRCC. They will hold  meetings in  25 locations in the  five Atlantic Provinces  between April 6th and May 4th 2010. The Federal Minister has requested the FRCC develop a long term  strategic approach to the sustainability of the Atlantic Groundfish fisheries and the conservation of the resource.

There are several questions one is prompted to ask the Minister in light of the extremely high cost of producing the information requested on our groundfisheries (Emphasis on Cod) in this latest mandate to the FRCC.

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Canada's aquaculture industry netting $2.1 billion annually

A new DFO report  claims Canada's aquaculture industry generates $2.1 billion each year and contributes thousands of jobs in coastal and rural communities.

Fish farm opponents, on the other hand, allege the industry has decimated commercial fisheries.They say it's done far more harm than good for small communities, and they question the study's intentions.

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Volcanic vent in Caribbean may reveal new marine species, clues to early life

Scientists using a remote-controlled submarine have discovered the deepest known volcanic vent and say the superheated waters inside may contain undiscovered marine species and perhaps even clues to the origin of life on Earth.

Experts in the British scientific expedition said they found the vent more than three miles beneath the surface of the Caribbean Sea in an area known as the Cayman Trough. That is a half a mile deeper than any previously discovered volcanic vent. To view a video and a photo of the "black smoker," go to this site

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Latest News in Sustainable Fisheries

See new articles in View Points by Professor Dan Lane of uOttawa entitled:

Some Thoughts on Eco-labelling of Fisheries and Thoughts on Grey Seals and Cod

See new article in View Points by Gus Etchegary questioning the value of the FRCC's current groundfish study

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Arctic Ocean Foreign Ministers told leave it in the ground

OTTAWA - While Arctic Ocean Foreign Ministers met in a closed door session, civil society organizations were outside, demanding a moratorium on new fossil fuel exploration. With a "leave it in the ground" oil slick banner, the Council of Canadians and the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) delivered copies of an open letter sent to the Ministers calling for a moratorium.

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