Canada boosts cooperation in Asia

Keith Ashfield, Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, concluded a trade and cooperation mission in China and Japan last week.

He said that roundtable meetings between Canadian, Chinese and Japanese industry representatives “fostered good discussion on the excellent quality of Canada's fish, seal and seafood products”.

During the discussions, Canada “moved forward” in the development of a new memorandum of understanding on fisheries cooperation with China. In December, Canadian and Chinese officials will meet to look at areas of scientific cooperation.

The minister said that meetings with his Japanese counterparts were equally positive and collaborative. The allocation of tuna and swordfish in the North Atlantic was discussed, and the minster expressed the importance of safeguarding Canada's access to these fisheries.

“Canada and Japan will also continue to work together to enforce the law and crack down on illegal fishing in the North Pacific. In recent years we have seen significant decline in illegal fishing as a result of strong international partnerships and our government is committed to working with our allies on ongoing surveillance and enforcement activities.

Canada's trade and government partnerships with China and Japan are important and I am committed to continue advancing these already strong and growing relationships,” Mr Ashfield said.

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