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.
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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This decision is made on the political side. For the reopening of the redfish fishery, the allocation goes mainly to small shrimp fishermen in Nova Scotia because they have played politics on this despite the fact that the redfish stock in the Gulf of Saint- Laurent affects five provinces, claims Cyr Couturier.
Imposing a moratorium on fishing for a species protects the resource, but also brings the death of an industry and a loss of market, mentions the professor.
He judges that moratoriums can be useful to help regenerate the resource as in the case of cod, commercial fishing of which could resume after 30 years of ban due to the rebound of stocks.
In 1993, the federal government banned cod fishing.
It will be possible to do a little cod fishing, but it is not yet certain. So, the fishermen will continue to put pressure on the minister. There is always a political side that comes into it, but on the scientific side, it is important to know the state of stocks in relation to climate change, believes Cyr Couturier.
Cyr Couturier believes that a moratorium could be imposed on capelin, an endangered species which serves as food for whales and cod. (Archive photo)
In his opinion, other species in decline, such as snow crab and capelin, could be imposed under bit of a moratorium.
For example, capelin is the favorite food of cod and whales, he says. To save their food source, there would need to be a moratorium to conserve stocks, but this has a big socio-economic impact. People will say that their jobs are being taken away.
With information from Karine Godin