Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans
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Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Fisheries and Oceans

Issue 19 - Minutes of Proceedings


OTTAWA, Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans met this day at 5:05 p.m., in room 9, Victoria Building, the chair, the Honourable Fabian Manning, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Hubley, Manning, McInnis, Meredith, Munson, Poirier, Raine, Stewart Olsen and Wells (9).

In attendance: Odette Madore, Analyst, Parliamentary Information and Research Services, Library of Parliament.

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.

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.)

Pursuant to rule 12-16(1)(d), the committee considered a draft agenda (future business).

At 5:12 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 5:13p.m., the committee resumed in public to consider a draft budget.

The Honourable Senator Wells moved:

That the following budget application for the special study on aquaculture for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, with adjustments resulting from this meeting and following a final review by the Senate administration to be overseen by the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure, be approved for submission to the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration:

SUMMARY OF BUDGET

General Expenses   $ 24,625
TOTAL   $ 24,625

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

WITNESSES:

As an individual:

William Ernst.

Ecology Action Centre:

Robert Johnson, Sustainable Seafood Program Manager.

As an individual:

Michael van den Heuvel, Canada Research Chair in Watershed Ecological Integrity, Canadian Rivers Institute, Department of Biology, University of Prince Edward Island.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada:

Michael Alexander, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Ecosystems and Fisheries Management;

Eric Gilbert, Director General, Aquaculture Management, Ecosystems and Fisheries Management;

Trevor Swerdfager, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ecosystems and Oceans Science.

The chair made a statement.

Messrs. Ernst, Johnson and Van den Heuvel made statements and answered questions.

At 6:15 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 6:19 p.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. Alexander made a statement and, together with Messrs. Gilbert and Swerdfager, answered questions.

At 7:10 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:

Maxwell Hollins

Clerk of the Committee