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Cod on the menu for fall conference in Gander


A new and modern cod fishery will be the focus of a conference in Gander this fall.

In a news release Thursday, the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI) said it is hosting “Cod – Building the Fishery of the Future” on Nov. 22-23 to provide industry with information it will need to launch a new cod fishery based on the recovering fish stocks off the province.

The ultimate aim is to help create a sustainable, viable, globally competitive cod fishery that will be appealing to youth in the province, the release stated.

“This will be an important event for anyone interested in the development of a new provincial fishery based on cod, and particularly for younger people in the industry,” CCFI chairman Alastair O’Reilly said.

“It is those individuals whose intellects, energy and investments must shape the future cod fishery.”

Implementing a significant cod fishery won’t be as easy and going back to methods and practices of the past as markets, competition, and technologies have all changed, the CCFI release stated.

The conference in November will look at Newfoundland and Labrador cod in the global context of market demand and supply, as well as needs and expectations of cod product buyers.

It will also examine what Iceland, Norway and Alaska are doing to harvest cod and similar species and turn them into products for world markets. As well, it will look at the current industry in the province.

“The event speakers will be experts in their fields and fully equipped to provide participants, whether harvesters or processors, with information to plan careers, invest in the fishery and provide attractive and stable incomes for themselves, their families and their communities,” said conference steering committee chairman Gabe Gregory.

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