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Fisheries and Aquaculture - 2003
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January

January 13
Minister comments on FPI-Union tentative MOU

February

February 3
Seal Hunt Management Plan increase a positive step for the provinceís sealing industry

February 14
Announcement positive news for provinceís crab fishers

February 17
NOTE TO EDITORS - All Party Committee meeting regarding the state of cod stocks in the province, February 17
All-Party Committee continues development of proposal to federal government regarding cod fishery

February 21
Minister to attend Atlantic Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers Meeting, Halifax, February 21 

February 25
Minister pleased FANL has returned to Collective Bargaining Process

February 28
Minister concerned with science on northern cod

March

March 3
NOTE TO EDITORS - All Party Committee meeting, St. Johnís, March 3

March 11
Consultant appointed to review the Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act

March 14
NOTE TO EDITORS - All Party Committee on 2J3KL and 3Pn4RS cod fisheries to hold a news conference, Ottawa, March 17

March 17
Newfoundland and Labrador All-Party Committee presents report on 2J3KL and 3Pn4RS cod fisheries to federal Minister Thibault

March 20
Ministerial Statement - All-Party Committee on 2J3KL and 3Pn4RS Cod Fisheries

March 26
Minister responds to FRCC recommendations on cod in the Northern Gulf of St. Lawrence

March 27
Minister responds to FRCC report on 2J3KL cod stocks
$500,000 allocated for fisheries diversification
Continued funding for initiatives against foreign overfishing

April

April 4
U.S. regulations on bioterrorism concern Minister

April 11
NOTE TO EDITORS: Minister to meet with Federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister, Halifax, April 11
Minister responds to report on the Roundtable Forum on Improving the Management Straddling Stocks
Minister comments on meeting with federal officials

April 16
Minister calls on federal government to extend EI
benefits for harvesters affected by heavy ice

April 17
Minister comments on 2003 Snow Crab Management Plan

April 24
NOTE TO EDITORS - News conference, St. John's, April 24, Subject: Response to federal Minister of Fisheries announcement concerning cod fisheries
Province responds to federal government closure of cod fisheries

April 25
Minister meets with municipal leaders

May

May 1
Who closed the fishery?

May 6
NOTE TO EDITORS: Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister to present to Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, May 7, St. Johnís
Minister comments on federal governmentís manner of addressing provincial concerns

May 13
Ministerial Statement - Meetings with Federal Government on Cod Closures

May 22
Minister comments on federal response to fisheries closure

May 26
NOTE TO EDITORS: News conference, May 26   Subject: Joint Fisheries Management
Shrimp quotas reflect the needs of inshore fisheries, but Minister cautions there may be a shift in federal public policy on science

May 30
Minister comments on meeting with FFAW and processors

June

June 2
Minister broadens scope of consultation concerning the crab and shrimp crisis

June 6
NOTE TO EDITORS: Minister to discuss crab industry issue, St. Johnís, June 6
Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture announces measures to address significant fisheries issues
Minister supports professionalization of fish harvesters

June 20
Minister pleased with Senate Committee recommendations
Minister pleased with collaborative science initiative in the Northern Gulf

June 30
Minister announces schedule for round table discussions on governmentís White Paper on Joint Fisheries Management

July

July 9
NOTE TO EDITORS: Minister advises of changes in roundtable meetings on Joint Fisheries Management

July 15
Minister comments on Federal Compensation Plan delays

July 29
NOTE TO EDITORS: Minister to announce appointment of Commissioner and Terms of Reference for the Review of Fish Processing Policy, July 30, St. Johnís
NOTE TO EDITORS:CORRECTION - Minister to announce appointment of Commissioner and Terms of Reference for the Review of Fish Processing Policy, July 30, St. Johnís

July 30
Commissioner to Review Fish Processing Policy

August

August 28
Fish Processing Policy Review Commission to commence operations

September

September 19
Pilot project on reduction in observer coverage is a matter of concern for Newfoundland and Labrador

November

November 25
Minister comments on bluefin tuna announcement

December

December 10
Minister commends DFO changes to port access policy

December 15
Report on review of Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act released to public

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