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Fisheries Resource Conservation Council

The Fisheries Resource Conservation Council (FRCC), established from 1993 to 2011, formed a partnership between scientific and academic expertise, and all sectors of the fishing industry. Together, Council members made public recommendations to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans on conservation measures for the Atlantic fishery.

The FRCC consisted of members appointed by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, including delegates from the four Atlantic Provinces, Quebec and Nunavut. These delegates had access to the Council's information and could participate fully in meetings, but were not asked to officially endorse the formal recommendations to the Minister. Staff from the Sustainable Fisheries and Oceans Policy division represented the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador on the FRCC.

Although the FRCC dealt almost exclusively with Atlantic Canadian groundfish stocks during the first 10 years of its mandate, the Council has also produced recommendations for enhancing the long-term conservation of other fisheries resources. The Council completed a long-term conservation strategy for Atlantic snow crab in 2005, a review of the Atlantic lobster fishery in 2007, and a conservation plan for Atlantic herring in August of 2009.

The final FRCC assignment, released in September 2011, provided guidance for promoting the recovery of groundfish stocks (with an emphasis on cod) in Eastern Canada and the rebuilding of sustainable fisheries based on those stocks. To view the full report and other publications released by the FRCC, visit:

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