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NTI supports Senate report on Commercial Fisheries

(June 08, 2010 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. 1st Vice-President James Eetoolook today expressed his support for the Senate’s standing committee on fisheries report, The Management of Fisheries and Oceans in Canada’s Western Arctic, calling for the development of commercial char fisheries in Nunavut.

“We have seen the budding potential for commercial fisheries for a long time now.” said Eetoolook. “But in order for this sector to blossom we need to have the federal and territorial government commit to fostering the growth.”

The development of Nunavut’s char fishery will require compliancy with the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement and a commitment of resources from both the federal and territorial partners to implement a sustainable management structure, which includes working closely with Inuit partners in the stock assessment and monitoring of these fisheries.

“Compliance with the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, more specifically Articles 5 and 7, is not just needed to establish a sustainable management structure to develop commercial fisheries, it is a requirement.” said Eetoolook.

In a minister’s statement last week, territorial Minister of Environment Daniel Shewchuk expressed his support for the Senate report.

“I’m glad to see Minister Shewchuk is onboard. We need to see him stay onboard now and we need the federal government to get onboard. Until then we won’t see the fishing industry develop the way it can and the way it should.” concluded Eetoolook.

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For further information:

Franco Buscemi

Director of Communications

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated

Tel: (867) 975-4939 Toll-free: 1-888-646-0006