The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that Canada will host the 2015 annual meeting of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO) this June in Happy Valley – Goose Bay. Delegates from all NASCO member countries will converge in Labrador from June 2-5, 2015 for the 32nd annual meeting of the international organization whose primary focus is the conservation and management of wild salmon in the North Atlantic.Salmon has significant cultural importance to the residents of Labrador and specifically the Aboriginal population in the region which depends on salmon as a food source. Hosting this international meeting will enable Canada to showcase its strong regulatory and monitoring regime for the recreational Atlantic salmon fishery and the Aboriginal fishery for food, social and ceremonial purposes. This venue will also allow attendees to witness first-hand Canada’s partnership with communities and Aboriginal organizations in the management of Atlantic salmon.

Canada plays a leadership role in the implementation of management measures and conducting research to ensure the long-term viability of Atlantic salmon and other important fish stocks.The primary goal for salmon management in Canada is the conservation of stocks. There are no commercial fisheries for wild Atlantic salmon in Canada; however, there are some Aboriginal fisheries for food, social and ceremonial purposes, as well as limited recreational fisheries in some coastal areas.Parties to the NASCO Convention are Canada, Denmark (in respect to the Faroe Islands and Greenland), the European Union, Norway, the Russian Federation and the United States. Thirty-four non-government organizations participate with observer status.

Happy Valley – Goose Bay is located on the banks of the Churchill River in Labrador. It is home to approximately 7,500 people and is a regional service center for the communities of coastal Labrador and for a variety of industrial activities throughout the region.A recently announced Ministerial Advisory Committee on Atlantic salmon will help determine the course of action to address low returns of Atlantic salmon on the East coast. The committee includes key stakeholders and will meet on at least four occasions between February 2015 and June 2015.