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Impose or lift a moratorium in fisheries, a decision above all politics

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In the 1980s, fishermen brought large quantities of redfish to the docks of the Acadian Peninsula.

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Impose or lift a moratorium on of fish stocks is used to manage the resource using scientific data, but it is above all a political decision, says Cyr Couturier, professor of aquaculture at Memorial University in Saint-Jean, Newfoundland and Labrador .

Last week, Fisheries and Oceans Minister Diane Lebouthillier lifted the nearly 30-year moratorium on redfish by granting a starting quota of at least 25,000 tonnes in the Gulf of St. Laurent.

Quebec and Nova Scotia each obtain a third of the quota, while New Brunswick, Prince Island- Édouard and Newfoundland and Labrador share the final third.

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Cyr Couturier, professor of aquaculture at Memorial University in Saint John, Newfoundland -and-Labrador

The minister took precautions, indicates Cyr Couturier.

Redfish is a species that grows quite slowly and reproduces at an advanced age. By gradually opening this fishery, the minister will see how the redfish stock will react, especially knowing that the environment is changing with climate change, he believes.

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A bucket full of redfish.

The specialist points out that it is the minister's mandate to make a decision based on scientific data, taking into account the socio-economic impacts in the provinces that practice commercial fishing.

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