Fisheries officials meet in Iqaluit for federal talks
Maintaining healthy stocks of arctic char, turbot and shrimp in Nunavut will be a chief concern for the territory as fisheries officials from across Canada are meeting this week in Iqaluit for annual talks.
The meeting of the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquacultures Ministers, which allows provinces and territories to engage in a dialogue with Federal Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield, is being held for the first time in Nunavut.
David Akeeagok, the territory's deputy minister of environment, said the overall objective is to keep Canada's fisheries well supplied.
The meeting is about "ensuring that there's adequate trade agreements with Canada and the rest of the world, and also making sure that the fish stock are sufficient," Akeeagok said.
"There's intergovernmental relations that oversee a lot of these, ensuring that there's sustainable fishery in Canada."
Thursday's meeting will be followed by another the next day, and will include discussions about the fisheries in Atlantic Canada.
On Wednesday, some of the visiting officials took a trip to Pangnirtung to tour the fish plant as well as a new government research station.