Fisheries and Land Resources
February 22, 2017

Department of Fisheries and Land Resources to Focus on Sustainable Resource Growth

The new Department of Fisheries and Land Resources will bring greater focus on the management of the province’s fishery and land resources to further economic development, improve our food security, and protect our renewable natural resources. The new department maintains the responsibility for fisheries, forestry, agrifoods, as well as wildlife, Crown lands, land management, and fish and wildlife enforcement.

“Better management of these resources is key to the economic development of our communities and the province. By bringing this expertise and knowledge together, we are reducing the silos that have traditionally existed in government and creating an environment where we can improve our food self-sufficiency and work with our industry partners to achieve greater success in these industries.”
- The Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources

To maximize the benefits of realigning the Lands Branch, its offices will be relocated to Corner Brook to position it near the majority of agriculture and forestry activity within the province. The new department will also have a dedicated division that consolidates enforcement resources to better utilize available resources.

“As a government, we have to work smarter and more efficiently. We have to capitalize on the linkages between industries. I look forward to leading this new team and placing greater emphasis on growing industries that provide stable employment in rural areas of the province.”
- Minister Crocker

Websites, as well as documentation for the department, will be changed to reflect the new department.

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Media contact:

Connie Boland
Media Relations Manager
Department of Fisheries and Land Resources
709-637-2923, 640-6409

2017 02 22                              1:30 p.m.