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Challenges to Canadian fisheries industry

By Ottawa-based staff reporter, Li Xuejiang (People's Daily Online)

16:47, July 13, 2012

Minister Darin King, Department of Fishery and Aquaculture of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.(File photo)

Editor’s note: Now No Fishing Period has began in China. Are there no catching period in other countries? What kind of measures they have taken to protect the fish stock? Recently, Canadian Federal Government is planning to limit the Employment Insurance claims which caused lot of concerns among the fisheries industry witch is very seasonally-oriented industry and has suffered a shortage of labor force. How does the Province Government deal with those problems? With those questions, Ottawa-based chief correspondent, Li Xuejiang (Li), conducted an interview with Darin King (King), Minister of the Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, because Newfoundland is adjacent to a largest and world-renowned shallow sea fishery resource in the world. The following is the full text of the interview.

Li: How important is the fishery industry to your province's economy?

King: The fishing industry remains an integral part of the overall sustainability of rural and coastal communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. The income garnered from the harvesting and production of seafood is the lifeblood of many communities. In excess of 20,000 people are directly connected to the fishery throughout the province.

Li: What percentage does the fishery industry account for in the provincial GDP?

King: There is no data available that completely separates the fishing industry in terms of GDP. Statistics Canada reports the fishing industry as part of a category named “Fishing, Hunting and Trapping.” However, for our province, the majority of its value is derived from the fishing industry. In 2010, (the latest data available), “Fishing, Hunting and Trapping” accounted for 0.6% of Newfoundland and Labradors GDP.

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