Fisheries and Land Resources
March 09, 2017
Building a Strong Seafood Industry
William Wells Named as Chair to the new Fisheries Advisory Council
Today the Provincial Government announced William Wells as the independent chairperson of the new Fisheries Advisory Council effective immediately. Mr. Wells appointment was made through the merit-based appointment process established by the Independent Appointments Commission Act.
“Mr. Wells has extensive experience in the fishery dating back many years including leadership roles on the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel, Fishery Products International and the Fisheries Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. Over the coming weeks, I look forward to working with him as we finalize the structure and the remaining members for the council.”
- Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources
A biography of Mr. Wells can be found in the backgrounder below.
The Fisheries Advisory Council provide industry stakeholders with ongoing opportunities for input on government decision-making around the province’s fishing industry as the province moves forward in helping the seafood industry adapt to the changes currently underway.
“We recognize our fishing industry is experiencing changes in resources from shellfish to groundfish and we need to ensure it has the supports it needs to transition successfully to a more balanced industry. Mr. Wells expert advice, knowledge and guidance will be invaluable in leading this initiative. I look forward to working with the council as we develop a plan to better position our seafood industry for the return of groundfish.”
- Minister Crocker
This initiative is one of more than 50 outlined in The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador, available online at www.gov.nl.ca/pdf/the_way_forward.pdf. The vision guides Provincial Government actions to achieve greater efficiency, strengthen the province’s economic foundation, enhance services, and improve outcomes to promote a healthy and prosperous province.
- The Provincial Government announced William Wells as the independent chairperson of the new Fisheries Advisory Council effective immediately.
- Mr. Wells has held leadership positions on the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel, One Ocean, Fishery Products International and the Fisheries Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.
- This initiative is one of more than 50 outlined in The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador.
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Media Relations Manager
Department of Fisheries and Land Resources
Below is the biography for William Wells
William (Bill) Wells has held a number of leadership roles within the Newfoundland and Labrador fishing industry over more than 40 years, including many years as a Director and Chairperson of the Fisheries Council of Canada and President of the Fisheries Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. Mr. Wells has also served as President of the Canadian Saltfish Corporation and Executive Vice-President of Fishery Products International. He has served on the Fisheries Advisory Group on International Trade and a variety of committees and special advisory groups over the years such as the Atlantic Regional Council (an advisory group to the federal Fisheries Minister), the Ocean Production Enhancement Network, the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation and Technology, the Northern Cod Research Program and as a member of the Seafood Inspection Policy Advisory Committee. Most recently, Mr. Wells served as Vice-Chair and Acting Chair of the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel.
2017 03 09 2:25 p.m.