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Memorial Presents in Zones 4 and 5

Can the Fishery Save Rural Newfoundland and Labrador?

David Vardy, Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, Memorial University

May 17th, 2006 at 7:00 NST, Northern Light Inn, L'Anse au Clair

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What is the future of the fishery of Newfoundland and Labrador given the changes in the resource, the markets and technology? What are the trends, both here at home and abroad which are affecting the fishing industry of this province? What changes can we expect to see in the fishery over the next few years? Will these changes be enough to help sustain rural areas?

The presentation explored the options available to tackle the challenges ahead. David Vardy is a former deputy minister of fisheries for Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as a former president of the Marine Institute. He has participated in a number of ministerial panels on the fisheries and more recently served as an advisor on fisheries management to the Royal Commission on Renewing and Strengthening Our Place in Canada. He is currently an associate of the Harris Centre at Memorial University.

He was accompanied by an expert panel composed of: Kelvin Letto, fisheries representative on the board of the Labrador Straits Development Corporation; Gilbert Linstead, general manager of the Labrador Fishermen’s Union Shrimp Company Limited; and Claude Rumbolt, fisheries development specialist with the Labrador Metis Nation.

The presentations were followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience. Approximately 80 people were in attendance.

View the poster for this event, as well as the program which provides more information about the speakers.

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