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Fisheries and Oceans


Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on 
Fisheries and Oceans

Issue 9 - Minutes of Proceedings - Morning sitting

GANDER, Tuesday, May 27, 2014


The Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans met this day, at 7:53 a.m., in Salon F of The Albatross Hotel, Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, the chair, the Honourable Fabian Manning, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Lovelace Nicholas, Manning, McInnis, Munson, Poirier, Raine and Wells (7).

In attendance: Odette Madore, Analyst, Parliamentary Information and Research Services, Library of Parliament, and Ceri Au, Communications Officer, Communications Directorate of the Senate.

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to rule 12-16(1)(d), the committee proceeded in camera to consider a draft agenda (future business).

At 7:56 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 8:06 a.m., the committee resumed in public.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Monday, December 9, 2013, the committee continued its study on the regulation of aquaculture, current challenges and future prospects for the industry in Canada. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 2.)


Government of Newfoundland and Labrador:

The Honourable Keith Hutchings, Member of the House of Assembly for Ferryland, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture:

Brian Meaney, Assistant Deputy Minister, Aquaculture;

Dr. Daryl Whelan, Director/Provincial Aquaculture Veterinarian.

Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association:

Cyr Couturier, President;

Miranda Pryor, Executive Director.

Northern Sea Harvest Farms Ltd.:

Jennifer Caines, Project Manager.

Sweeney International Marine Corp. and SIMCorp. Marine Environmental Inc.:

Robert Sweeney, President and Senior Project Manager.

Newfoundland Aqua Service Ltd:

Boyd Pack, Owner and President.

The Honourable Senator Wells moved:

That the following revised special study budget application on aquaculture for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015, be approved for submission to the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration:

Fact-Finding Mission in Scotland and Norway $ 162,488
TOTAL $ 162,488

After debate, the question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

The Honourable Senator Wells moved:

That coverage by electronic and photographic media of the committee's public proceedings today be allowed with the least possible disruption of its hearings.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

At 8:09 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 8:12 a.m., the committee resumed.

Minister Hutchings, Mr. Meaney and Dr. Whelan made statements and answered questions.

At 9:42 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 10:03 a.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. Couturier, Ms. Pryor and Ms. Caines made statements and answered questions.

At 11:19 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 11:30 a.m., the committee resumed.

Messrs Sweeney and Pack made statements and answered questions.

At 12:30 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.


Maxwell Hollins

Clerk of the Committee

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