Nova Scotia's announces plan to develop fisheries strategy

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Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell announced Feb. 21 that the  province will develop a commercial fisheries strategy to ensure the fishing industry is sustainable, creates jobs and helps grow the economy.

Colwell said at the annual minister's conference with fish harvesters in Debert that work is starting on the strategy.

"Quality and innovation is needed in the fishing industry to drive up exports and to grow the sector of the Nova Scotia economy," said Colwell. "The Ivany Commission stressed the need for this in traditional Nova Scotia industries."

The strategy consists of six pillars: industry organization, safety and training, efficiency, market development, quality and innovation.

The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture will work with industry organizations and the Aboriginal community to develop the strategy, the minister said, and aims to have the strategy completed in 2014 and implemented in 2015.

Organizations: Ivany Commission, Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Debert

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