OTTAWA, Jan. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Minister Aglukkaq and Minister Shea met
with members of the Hunting and Angling Advisory Panel (HAAP) on
January 22, 2014.
During the meeting the Ministers and the Panel had constructive
discussions about the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership
Program, the National Conservation Plan, the recommendations from the
2012 National Fish and Wildlife Conservation Congress, and the proposed
changes to the Migratory Birds Regulations through amendments of the hunting provisions. Department of Fisheries
and Oceans officials also provided an update on the World Trade
Organization's (WTO) decision to uphold a European Union ban on seal
The HAAP, which meets twice a year, 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 from participants in these communities.
The Panel is composed of a wide cross-section of both national and
provincial organizations. Members from hunting, trapping, angling and
conservation organizations were appointed to this Panel in May 2012,
following an announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Under The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program the
Government of Canada is making $10 million available over two years to
support conservation activities through partnerships with local groups
who will undertake a variety of projects to restore recreational
fisheries habitat. Approximately 100 projects were already approved for
up to $6.4 million in funding, in the first round of applications in
the summer of 2013.
"Our Government values the importance of an active and engaged hunting
and angling community, and welcomes their advice on conservation issues
and policies. Yesterday was the third meeting of the Hunting and
Angling Advisory Panel since its creation in 2012, and I was pleased to
witness the wealth of knowledge and expertise being shared around the
-- "The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister
of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, and Minister for
the Arctic Council.
"Our Government recognizes the social and economic importance of
supporting a healthy and sustainable recreational fishery. The
Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program supports the
sustainability and ongoing productivity of Canada's recreational
fisheries by bringing like-minded partners together and pooling their
resources to support the common goal of conserving and protecting
Canada's recreational fisheries."
-- The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
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