Federal Ministers Meet With Members of Hunting and Angling Advisory Panel

OTTAWA, May 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, and Canada's Fisheries and Oceans Minister, the Honourable Keith Ashfield, met with members of the Hunting and Angling Advisory Panel (HAAP) over the past two days.

"This second meeting of the Hunting and Angling Advisory Panel allowed for the exchange of knowledge and expertise on ongoing national and regional issues related to conservation," said Minister Kent.  "The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of basing future conservation practices on input from Canadians who have a long-standing tradition of conservation. We are proud to work collaboratively with these organizations committed to the protection, and promotion, of Canada's environment."

"We recognize the importance of consulting with Canadians who have a long-standing tradition of conservation," said Minister Ashfield. "We look forward to working with them, through our Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, to help conserve fisheries by investing $10 million in partnerships that will improve fisheries habitat and productivity."

During these meetings with Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans, the Panel had positive discussions pertaining to changes to the Migratory Bird Regulations, the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp, and the Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program.

The HAAP serves to advise the Government of Canada on a range of federal policies, programs and activities related to conservation, hunting, trapping and angling. Its contributions help to ensure that the government's decisions are based on inclusive and broad-based advice directly from participants in these communities.

Members from hunting, trapping, angling and conservation organizations were appointed to this Panel in May 2012, following an announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The inaugural meeting was hosted by Minister Kent in October of 2012. The Panel is expected to meet twice annually.

The Panel is composed of a wide cross-section of both national and provincial organizations.                                                          

SOURCE: Environment Canada

For further information:

Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of the Environment
819-997-1441

Media Relations
Environment Canada
819-934-8008

Barbara Mottram
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
613-992-3474

Frank Stanek
Media Relations Manager
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
613-990-7537

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(Également offert en français)


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