15 Jan FCC Welcomes Nunavut Fisheries Association as New Member
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January 15, 2020
FCC Welcomes Nunavut Fisheries Association as New Member
OTTAWA, ON: The Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) is pleased to welcome the Nunavut Fisheries Association as a new member. The Nunavut Fisheries Association, as the collective voice of the commercial fisheries industry in the territory, adds significant representation for the northern sector.
The Nunavut Fisheries Association was formed in 2012 as the Nunavut Offshore Allocations Holders Association (NOAHA) and was refocused in 2018 to reflect a wider representation of the broad local fisheries industry. They advocate on behalf of the unique needs of fisheries stakeholders in Nunavut, including Indigenous reconciliation and access to quotas in Nunavut-adjacent waters. NFA also supports fisheries and ecosystem science and research activities in the Eastern Arctic, working collaboratively with stakeholders and conducting its own annual research program, all in support of sustainable fisheries development in the north.
The current membership of NFA consists of four Inuit owned companies: Arctic Fishery Alliance (AFA), Baffin Fisheries (BF), Pangnirtung Fisheries/Cumberland Sound Fisheries Partnership (PFL/CSFL), and Qikiqtaaluk Corporation (QC). All companies are owned by the HTOs, communities, and/or Inuit of the Qikiqtani region of Nunavut.
“Joining FCC is a step towards strengthening the representation of the Nunavut fisheries industry as part of the Canadian collective,” said Brian Burke, Executive Director of the Nunavut Fisheries Association. “We are pleased to become a member and look forward to working together on both local and industry-wide issues.”
FCC is committed to representing members of the Canadian commercial fisheries industry to balance marine conservation and economic prosperity. Canadian fisheries are among the world leaders in third-party certifications and have invested in innovations that allow for greener fishing practices. Our industry supports the national economy by exporting 80 per cent of product and creating 80,000 jobs.
“This partnership with the Nunavut Fisheries Association creates stronger ties with the stakeholders who are the stewards of the fisheries industry in Canada’s Arctic Ocean,” said Paul Lansbergen, President of FCC. “It is crucial that all three of Canada’s coastlines are represented as we work to strengthen the industry as a whole. We welcome the Nunavut Fisheries Association to add their voice to our efforts.”
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The Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) is the voice of Canada’s fish and seafood industry, promoting a healthy resource and prosperous industry playing a vital role in the Canadian economy. Our members include small, medium and larger-sized companies along with Indigenous enterprises that harvest and process fish from Canada’s three oceans. Learn more at www.fisheriescouncil.ca.
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