Act now and be heard. Add your voice in support of the Grand Bank plan for a sustainable and stable Arctic Surf Clam fishery. Fill in the form below and click submit. That’s it. Your message will be sent directly to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic Leblanc, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould, and all MPs in the Newfoundland and Labrador Liberal caucus, including Seamus O’Regan. Stop the surf clam calamity before it’s too late!
Dear Prime Minister, Ministers, and Members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Liberal Caucus,
Please immediately intervene and take corrective steps to protect Canada’s sustainable Arctic Surf Clam fishery, including support for the Grand Bank plan.
As Minister Leblanc said, Arctic Surf Clam quota belongs to Canadians. However, Canadians know fairness, and what’s happening to the community of Grand Bank is not fair.
In less than 6 months, an impromptu ministerial decision has inflicted significant economic harm and injury on Grand Bank and its people. This was done without proper notice or consultation, and executed by way of decisions made outside the formal principles and processes set out to guide proper federal administration in these areas.
Grand Bank is the heart of Canada’s Arctic Surf Clam fishery, home to innovative processing facilities, a modern fleet of highly specialized harvesting vessels, and the hardworking men and women who made the fishery a success over the last 30 years with new markets and customers.
To address the current situation, support the Grand Bank plan, including: 1) let’s meet and talk with the minister; 2) let’s agree to work together and review; and 3) let’s commit to proper planning, stable management and sustainable growth moving forward.
It is time to stop dividing communities and start bringing people together. Support the Grand Bank plan and stop Canada’s Arctic Surf Clam calamity before it’s too late.
The Town of Grand Bank, Newfoundland and Labrador, is the heart of Canada’s Arctic Surf Clam fishery, including home to innovative processing facilities and a modern harvesting fleet.
In September 2017, federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc took a decision to reallocate 25% of the existing total allowable catch (TAC) Arctic Surf Clam quota to a new entrant into the fishery.
In February 2018, federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc announced a new license for Arctic Surf Clam was issued to a new entity made up of First Nations from Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.
These decisions were publicly justified on the grounds of the federal government reconciliation policy. However, it is unclear if proper departmental priorities and planning processes were followed, or if the decisions were within the federal government’s formal principles and processes set out to guide federal government advancing fair and just reconciliation.
Over the past 30 years, the community of Grand Bank worked hard to attract investments and sustainably grow Canada’s Arctic Surf Clam fishery from the ground up. They created new value by forging new previously untapped markets, implementing innovative harvesting and processing techniques, and serving growing happy customers around the world.
Now in less than 6 months, Grand Bank faces economic hardship and disadvantage not because of a market downturn or local economic mismanagement but because of poor federal planning and implementation.
To address the current situation, Grand Bank has a three-point plan, including:
- let’s meet and talk with the minister;
- let’s agree to work together and review; and
- let’s commit to proper planning, stable management and sustainable growth moving forward.
Act now. Support the Grand Bank plan and let’s stop Canada’s Arctic Surf Clam calamity before it’s too late.Take Action